Accolade for top student who is cream of the crop.
Neil Brough, a final-year HND Farm Management student studying at the University of Central Lancashire, Newton Rigg, Penrith is the RABDF/ Barclays Dairy Student of the Year.
Neil was awarded a pounds 500 cash prize by Barclays, and the college he represented, Newton Rigg, received pounds 500 towards a dairying educational project.
A pounds 50 cash prize and memento was presented to each of the other four finalists short-listed who originally entered the award: David Calderwood studying HND Agriculture at CAFRE, Greenmount; Reuben Moss, HNC Dairy Herd Management, Reaseheath College; Matthew Trewartha, BSc (Hons) Agriculture, Harper Adams University College; and Rachel Waldron, BSc (Hons) Agriculture, Royal Agricultural College.
A panel of judges initially interviewed all the entrants for a hypothetical herd manager's position at Warwickshire College of Agriculture, Moreton Morrell.
Five students were short-listed, and the judges went on to make a final decision on which they would `employ' based on their experience and understanding of the industry.
"From a very strong field of finalists we concluded that Neil was very worthy of the title," said Barclays' national agricultural policy director, Euryn Jones. "He has developed a strong foundation for his career having combined wide ranging practical and technical skills on his family's Cumbrian dairy unit with business management skills gained from studying at Newton Rigg.
"While he is extremely enthusiastic and visionary about the family farming business, he has also committed to continuing his studies for a degree in agriculture."
Mr Jones added: "If the dairy farming industry is to secure future success and prosperity, then it is essential that it encourages a flow of enthusiastic, talented and capable young people.
"They will also need determination, a progressive outlook and first rate management skills in order to take a dairy farming business forward with confidence and face the challenges ahead."
RABDF's chief executive, Nick Everington added: "Once again, the award winner will be invited to the Dairy Event, this year to be staged at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on 21 and 22 September, to speak to careers advisers from all over the country who have been specially invited by the RABDF to learn about opportunities in the dairy industry."