The search is on for the RABDF Dairy Crest Dairy Student of the Year 2011. The competition, which is open to entrants studying an agricultural course at a UK university or college, offers £1000 to the winner, plus £500 towards a dairy educational project at the place of study they represent.


Entrants will be required to take part in a preliminary round of interviews focused on improving a dairy farm’s efficiency and service to the industry, after which four finalists will be selected to tour Dairy Crest’s Gloucestershire dairy at Severnside to gain a greater understanding of milk processing and the priorities for consumers. The finalists will then make a formal presentation in London on how they plan to develop their career in the dairy sector and how the industry can be structured to more readily meet market place demand.

Dairy Crest’s group milk procurement director, Mark Taylor, says the award has a key role to play in raising the profile of dairy farming and the opportunities within the industry. “Encouraging the next generation is vital to the success of our industry and something that Dairy Crest actively supports.”