Final-year farming student Andrew Harrison, from Slaidburn, is celebrating after being named “Animal Health Dairy Student of the Year”.
Andrew, who is studying for his BSc (Hons) in agriculture with animal science at Harper Adams University, Shropshire, received the award from the Royal Association Of British Dairy Farmers, and was given £2,000 from MSD Animal Health. His university was given £1,000 towards a dairying educational project.
Andrew (22), a former deputy head boy at Clitheroe Royal Grammar Sixth Form Centre and a member of Slaidburn Young Farmers’ Club, was one of 28 entrants who completed an essay, using business advice prepared by Kite Consulting, on a long-term plan for a 300-cow unit to be transferred from father to son on retirement. The six semi-finalists then travelled to London to give a presentation on “The UK Dairy Industry in the Next 10 Years”.
Andrew has gained experience with his family’s 60-cow herd with accompanying sheep enterprise, and was an exchange student for six months in the USA at Cornell University where he was able to further his interest in ruminant nutrition. He intends to continue his studies for an MSc and hopes to travel to New Zealand. He said: “The next 18 months are going to be tough before we reach a sensible milk price, but I believe that the dairy sector has a positive future.”
RABDF chief executive Nick Everington said: “This award helps to identify some of the most intelligent and highly motivated youngsters who we are confident will help to secure the future for British dairy farming.”