We are pleased to announce that Elizabeth Johnson, a BSc Animal Science student from Newcastle University and Ellen Smith, studying at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (RDSVS), Edinburgh have been crowned as the winners of this year’s RABDF Farm Health Management Awards.
Volac is extremely proud to sponsor this award which brings a focus to the importance of taking a holistic approach to best practice in livestock management. Each of the winners was presented with a £500 cash prize from us at Gold Cup Open Day in Dorset on Wednesday 28th June.
Alongside the two winners, certificates were also presented to two short listed finalists: Louise Swanston studying BSC Animal Science at Aberystwyth University and Olivia Dower-Tylee, a Veterinary Medicine and Surgery student at RDSVS, Edinburgh.
The annual competition, now in its tenth year, is open to agricultural and veterinary students from any course year including postgraduate students. Applicants are required to write a 1,500 word essay on proactive farm health management and the benefits it brings to animal health and welfare and farm profitability.
The essays were judged by a panel featuring RABDF Council member and Gelli Aur College farm manager, John Owen; veterinary surgeon Oli Hodgkinson, and John Summer, dairy consultant and award chairman.
Students had to demonstrate an understanding of disease costs and its financial impact on business performance together with the impact of good nutrition, consider the environmental effects of disease and its likely impact on meat and milk quality, comment on the importance of collaboration between farm staff, vets and other advisors in formulating health management plans and consider the differences among the various livestock sectors and how one can learn from another.
With an extremely high standard of entries, we would like to offer our congratulations to this year’s winners and our continued support for this important award.
“We are pleased to support agricultural and veterinary students in this award which brings a focus to the importance of taking a holistic approach to best practice in livestock management. We believe that their heightened awareness towards a proactive approach to farm health management covering all aspects, from housing and nutrition to financial impact, will be of huge benefit in their future careers.” said John Reynolds.
More information about the Farm Health Management award is available here.