The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) is seeking the next winners of its Farm Health Management Awards.

The awards, which are sponsored by Volac, are now open to applications from vet and agriculture university students.

The RABDF awards aim to demonstrate an understanding of, and test student’s knowledge of, proactive farm health management.

The prize is £500, which three winners will receive under three different categories, and the deadline for entries is December 8, 2024.

RABDF Farm Health Management Awards

The competition is split into three categories: students at agricultural colleges, agricultural universities and vet schools, and is open to students in all year groups.

A 1,500-word essay on the subject of proactive farm health management must be submitted by students, with a winner for each category taking home the £500 prize.

Essays are judged by a panel of industry experts, including a representative of RABDF and award sponsor Volac.

A shortlist of entries will be invited to attend Dairy-Tech at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on February 7, 2024, where the winners will be announced.

Managing director at RABDF, Matthew Knight, said: “Farm Health Management is an integral part of running a productive and profitable farm as well as being an integral in delivering health and welfare improvements as part of Defra’s (the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) Animal Health and Welfare Pathway.

“We can’t wait to see what this year’s entrants decide to focus on in their essays and how it links with Defra’s recommendations for higher welfare throughout the industry.”