With Dairy-Tech undoubtedly crowning a year of success for the RABDF since their relaunch, plans for a second event have been confirmed, with stand sales launching earlier this week. The 2019 show will continue at Stoneleigh Park and will take place on Wednesday 6 February.
Patrick Denny, a final year student from Harper Adams University, was crowned this year’s RABDF Dairy Student Award winner after beating four others in the final round at the Farmers Club, London. He was presented with a £1,000 cash prize and trophy provided by competition sponsor Mole Valley Farmers.
Jonathan Bryer of Bridgwater and Taunton College, Francesca Mansfield of Aberystwyth University and Penny Stewart of The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies have been crowned the winners of the 2018 RABDF Farm Health Management Awards.
Brothers, Chris and Rich Norman, and their team from The Leen, Pembridge, Herefordshire have won the NMR RABDF Gold Cup 2017. Runner-up and recipient of the NMR Silver Salver is James Tomlinson, parents David and Sheila and wife Eleanor, from Bilsborrow, Lancashire.
UK cattle, sheep and pig sectors are teaming up during February to promote the ‘liquid gold’ properties of colostrum in reducing the need for antibiotics in farm animals and improving their lifetime performance.
Farm productivity must improve, with an increase in yield from forage of just 600 litres a cow offering an extra £60-£70 million return to British dairy producers, and added benefits from more valuable constituency payments.
Finalists in the 2017 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition have been announced and include two block calving grassland-based herds, two high-production Holstein herds, a Channel Island herd and a grass-based block calving herd milked once-a-day.