Dairy Student Award 2020

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers offers the chance for agricultural colleges and universities in the UK to enter the Dairy Student Award each year. 

Since the launch of the Award in 1991 the participation and enthusiasm of the colleges and universities has been outstanding. The 2019 winner was Josh Thompson, a student from Queen’s University Belfast.  The runner up was Steffan Rees, from IBERS Aberystwyth.

The competition reflects the need for modern dairy farmers to understand the industry, its strengths and weaknesses, and how best to apply farming methods to achieve optimum results.  Apart from the ability to demonstrate academic strengths, the judges will look for someone who can apply themselves to the technical and management challenges facing dairy farming.  The judges will also be looking for a candidate who is ambitious and likely to move upwards on the career ladder. The winning student receives a trophy and a cash prize.

The Award operates as a three-tier competition:

  • Students are asked to submit a written response to a case study to demonstrate their overall knowledge of the industry including current issues and upcoming changes.

  • Finalists are invited to the Farmers Club, London to give a fifteen minute presentation on their thoughts about the future of the dairy industry to the judging panel. After the interviews, all students and lecturers will be invited to join the judges and Lord Ewen Cameron, RABDF President, at Westminster for lunch and a brief tour.

  • The final two students will be announced and invited to join a panel discussion at Dairy-Tech taking place at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on 5 February 2020, after which the winner and runner up will be announced.

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2020 Dairy Student Award Sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers

If you would like to enter the 2020 Dairy Student Award then please speak to your course leader as it is a requirement for them to nominate you for the award.  

Competition deadlines are as follows:

Completed case studies to be submitted no later than Monday 4th November 2019.

Students will be notified of the results of this round by email on 18th November 2019.

Final round at The Farmers Club, London will take place Tuesday 10th December 2019.

Details of the competition and case study will be available soon.

If you have any questions about the competition or require further information please contact Emily Egan on 02476 639317 or email emilyegan@rabdf.co.uk

We are grateful to Mole Valley Farmers for their generous support of this competition.