'Developing the industry through young talent'
A brand new initiative sponsored by Lely
In line with our manifesto RABDF have created a 'Young Board' comprised of up and coming talent within the industry.
Members were identified through their previous involvement with the organisation either with student awards or training courses as well as their achievements and presence within the wider industry.
This new project is focused on developing some of the rising stars of the sector and will comprise of meetings, networking platforms, training and the delivery of focused projects and activities chosen by the Board.
Board members will also be encouraged to co-opt fellow peers should they bring additional knowledge and skills to the programme.
Andrew is from a 90 hectare mixed family farm in Lancashire farming 50 Holstein Friesians and 450 sheep. Even though he returned to the farm after leaving Harper, unfortunately in the midst of the milk price slump, it became apparent Andrew would need to look elsewhere for an external source of income. Graduating with a First Class Honours Degree in Agriculture with Animal Science, Andrew soon managed to secure a Nutritionist/Technical Advisor role with animal feed manufacturer l'Anson Bros Ltd. Other interests include Young Farmers of which he is a member of Slaidburn YFC and Andrew also won the RABDF Dairy Student Award in 2016.
Lindsey studied Animal Science and was chosen as McDonald's Progressive Young Farmer which saw her undertake a 12 month industrial placement where she worked for a variety of businesses across the supply chain gaining a variety of technical knowledge. Since graduating Lindsey has returned to the family farm where she manages 140 British Friesians milked twice a day. An active member of North Somerset YFC Lindsey has competed in a variety of competitions and activities including stockjudging, sports and YFC travel.
Edward is currently the farm manager at Brades Farm Dairy, a family 450 cow all year round calving dairy farm. The farm produces an innovative dairy product especially for the Barista market and have been named as a finalist for the 2017 Farmers Guardian Dairy Innovator of the Year Award. In addition Edward won the 2015 RABDF Dairy Student Award and has also taken part in the Entrepreneurs in Dairying course. Other interests and experiences include being named as one of Farmers Weekly's 'Rising Stars', being part of the NFU Dairy Development Group and Tesco Future Farmer Development Group.
From a non-farming background Rachel graduated from Harper Adams with a BSc Honours Degree in Agriculture with Animal Science and now works as a Farm Services Consultant for Alltech CO2. The role involves working with some of the major retailers in the UK to help their producers increase productivity and sustainability through advice on new technologies and innovation. Rachel is passionate about the public perception of dairy farming and is keen to figure out strategies to tackle issues such as AMR, Johnes, TB and an ageing farming community.
Richard comes from a 180 cow Holstein dairy herd in Northern Ireland and graduated from Harper this year with a degree in Agriculture. During his placement Richard worked for a ruminant feed compounder and as a result of this based his honours research project on nutrition. He was awarded the 2017 Alltech award for exceptional work focused on farm animal production systems and also won the RABDF Dairy Student Award in this year as well. Richard is currently studying a MSc in ruminant nutrition part time alongside work on his home farm and as a technical advisor for a local feed compounder. Richard also has a keen involvement in Ulster Young Farmers having held both club and county positions over his time as a member.