Last call for entries for £1000 national dairy student award

A last call for entries for the 2017 RABDF Dairy Student Award has been issued ahead of the deadline of 3 March. The competition carries a prize of £1,000 for the winner and has secured sponsorship from Mole Valley Farmers this year. Kite Consulting has once again provided the case study which forms the basis of the competition.

Emily Egan from the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), which has run the competition since 1991, says the award has become highly regarded within the length and breadth of the UK industry.

“The competition is renowned for attracting high quality applicants who are looking to move upwards on the career ladder,” she says. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for students at agricultural colleges and universities across the country to compete with their peers – and maybe reach the final round interview where they will go head to head at The Farmers Club in London.”

Andrew Jackson, chief executive of Mole Valley Farmers, says his team are delighted to be encouraging and supporting the emergence of new flair within the industry.

“Talented leadership will be a prerequisite if the UK industry is to become globally competitive. Finding and nurturing new students with the aptitude and aspiration to be future leaders is a cause worth supporting,” he explains.

Edward Lott, partner at Kite Consulting, adds: “The UK dairy industry needs brilliant, talented young people with drive and innovation who have their eyes open to the challenges ahead. This will help them find ways for their own and others’ dairy businesses to succeed in this uncertain world. 

“We are really pleased to prepare the case study for the 2017 competition and look forward to reviewing the range of solutions the applicants submit.”

Entries are restricted to three per college or university. More details can be found at  Students interested in submitting entries should contact their course leader in the first instance. Completed case study responses must be submitted by Friday 3 March 2017.  Applicants of the competition will be notified whether or not they have been selected to attend the final round on Friday 7 April by late March.