Reprinted from the March 2017 edition of British Dairying. To see the original article please visit the British Dairying website.
Dr Dick Esslemont was announced yesterday (27 April) as the recipient of the RABDF Princess Royal Award in a presentation by Her Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace. The award is one of the highest accolades within the dairy industry and is awarded each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sector throughout their lifetime.
Major changes have been announced to the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup, the UK dairy industry’s flagship award, to ensure herds across the whole range of management systems can compete in this annual competition on an equal footing. This is the first major overhaul in the almost 100 years of the popular contest.
Richard Beattie, a final year BSc Agriculture student from Harper Adams University has been crowned this year’s RABDF Dairy Student after beating four others in the final round at the Farmers Club, London on Friday 7 April. He was presented with a £1,000 cash prize and trophy by competition sponsor, Mole Valley Farmers.
Rain or shine, farmers get up before dawn to care for their cows. Processors and manufacturers adhere to stringent rules to ensure that consumers can pick up a wholesome bottle of fresh milk from the shop every day. Vets will drive up to the farm in the middle of the night should a cow require urgent care.
Stand space bookings are now open for Dairy-Tech, the brand new technical one-day event announced earlier this month by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF). Held on 7 February 2018 at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, Dairy-Tech will be a new concept for the dairy industry, focusing on science, technology, and the cutting edge tools to support a wide range of systems.