Harper Adams student was among three students to beat off a bumper number of entries and win this year’s Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers Farm Health Management Award.
Sponsored by Volac, the awards aim to demonstrate and test the students’ knowledge on the importance of proactive farm health management. Each candidate had to submit a 1,500-word essay with the winners taking home a £500 cash prize.
Second-year student Catriona Marshall from Harper Adams University, scooped the trophy in the agricultural university category. She is studying Agriculture with Animal Science and hails from a dairy farm.
Ms Marshall currently milks cows on a local dairy farm. She hopes building her knowledge on farm health management will help with her future farm work and studies. Other winners were Emily Eaton of Liverpool Vet School’s and Martha Richards of Duchy College.
The essays were judged by a panel featuring RABDF council member and Gelli Aur College farm manager John Owen; veterinary surgeon Dan Griffiths; and dairy consultant and awards chairman John Sumner.
The quality of entries this year was some of the best ever, said Mr Sumner, who has judged the competition since it began in 2007. “In all three categories, the winners and runners up were very hard to separate, almost interchangeable,” he added.
“Catriona wrote a well analysed and very relevant essay; Emily’s essay took a practical approach with innovative ideas and Martha introduced SMART objectives, which went beyond the farm gate.”