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Vets compete for Dairy Industry Vet of the Future award

Promising vets have an opportunity to compete for the title of Dairy Industry Vet of the Future at this year’s Dairy Show to be held on 2 October at the Royal Bath & West Showground.

“Vets are an important part of any dairy farm, and this competition recognises the best dairy vets for the future,” says Alan Lyons, head of shows at the Royal Bath & West Society. “The role dairy vets play on a farm has changed dramatically in recent years, with a greater focus on disease prevention and healthy herd planning. They are integral to the success of our forward-thinking industry.”

The vets competing at the Dairy Show are judged on the research project produced in the final year or their studies, with the finalists interviewed by a panel of judges, including Mike Steele - ruminant vet and technical director at Micron Bio-Systems, sponsor of the award. The winner receives £1000 (€1102) and a trophy while each runner-up gets £200 (€220).

Dairy cattle are at the heart of the Dairy Show with 300+ entries representing the six main breeds. Photo: The Royal Bath & West of England Society
Dairy cattle are at the heart of the Dairy Show with 300+ entries representing the six main breeds. Photo: The Royal Bath & West of England Society

Mr Steele said that livestock farming relies heavily on the capabilities and expertise of our vets and that their role in protecting the health and welfare of the cattle population without compromising the individual animal is a tough challenge. “The ability to adapt in a changing agricultural environment and respond to the needs of the farmer is what makes a vet of the future stand out from the rest,” he said.

Last year’s finalists from the Dairy Show were Rebecca Dodd, Holly Hills, Catrin Davies and Henry Miller, who submitted projects on various subjects from lameness to methane emissions. The eventual winner was Ms Davies, based on her project on Johne’s disease in the current economic climate.

The Dairy Show 2019

The Dairy Show attracts over 300 trade stands from national and international businesses. Dairy cattle are at the heart of the show with 300+ entries representing the 6 main breeds, plus classes for calves and Junior Showmanship. This is an event at which to meet milk buyers, feed suppliers, AI companies and consultants, plus the cutting edge of agri-tech, machinery, equipment and research.

Meanwhile, topical seminars and guest speakers provide plenty of food for thought and discussions.