RABDF Farm Health Management Awards


In a bid to continue to raise awareness of farm health planning among younger members of the industry, RABDF and Volac are once again staging the Farm Health Management Awards.

Open to students studying at an agriculture university/college, and veterinary students from any course year, the entrants are required to prepare a 1500 word essay demonstrating their understanding of proactive farm health planning. They are asked to identify the barriers to adopting such a strategy and how to overcome those issues to improve health and profitability.

The award was introduced in 2007 as part of the industry/DEFRA partnership's Farm Health Planning initiative. It is judged by a panel of three: a farmer; vet in practice; and John Sumner, FHP project manager. The winners are announced at either the Gold Cup Open Day or Dairy-Tech, our annual exhibition.

The 2018 competition details are now available, please click on the button below to download the application pack and rules. The deadline for entry is 27 November and the winners will be announced at Dairy-Tech on 7 February 2018.

For more information on this year's Awards, or if you have any queries, please contact Emily Egan emilyegan@rabdf.co.uk or call 02476 639 317.

Previous winners of the Farm Health Management Awards:

  • 2017
    • Agricultural Student Winner:  Elizabeth Johnson, Newcastle University
    • Veterinary Student Winner: Ellen Smith, RDSVS Edinburgh
  • 2016
    • Agricultural Student Winner:  Ruth Wills, Duchy College
    • Veterinary Student Winner:  Kaz Strycharczyk, Cambridge Vet School
  • 2015:
    • Agricultural Student Winner:  William Cranfield, Plumpton College
    • Veterinary Student Winner:  Paul Doran, Cambridge Vet School
  • 2014:
    • Agricultural Student Winner: Rebecca Hodgson, Myerscough College  
    • Veterinary Student Winner: Susan Carr, The Royal Veterinary College
  • 2013:
    • Agricultural Student Winner: Charlotte Torrance, Plumpton College
    • Veterinary Student Winner: Gregory Steele, Cambridge Veterinary School
  • 2012:
    • Agricultural Student Winner: Diane Gornall, Myerscough College
    • Veterinary Student Winner: Emily Gascoigne, Cambridge Vet School
  • 2011:
    • Agricultural Student Winner: Sarah Anne Moore, Duchy College
    • Veterinary Student Winner: Nathan Rhys Williams, University of Liverpool
  • 2010:
    • Agricultural Student Winner: Tom Percy, Duchy College
    • Veterinary Student Winner: Stacy Douglas, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies
  • 2009:
    • Agricultural Student Winner: Mark Price, University of Reading
    • Veterinary Student Winner: Rachel Mather, University of Bristol veterinary school