The FdSc degree team from Riseholme – Oliver Chapman, Simon Culpan and Eleanor Jarvis-Cope were contenders for the Beef Student of the Year, whilst Megan McNivern and Fiona Bland, both studying Level 3 Extended Diploma Agriculture at Bishop Burton reached the finals for the inaugural College Challenge.

“We were delighted with the teams’ success,” said Rhonda Thompson, Bishop Burton College’s Business Development Manager. “The exercise included a Beef Shorthorn herd visit, and both teams enjoyed discovering more about the breed’s versatility and qualities at Geoff Riby’s farm, located near Bridlington. They found the whole experience to be very positive and the opportunity to present to the judges in the final judging round enabled them to pass on their passion for the industry.”

The FdSc students were required to compile an essay discussing the future of suckler beef production, whilst the FE students were invited by the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society to use multi-channel media to discuss the future of suckler beef production. Their knowledge of the beef industry was tested in the final round in front of the panel of judges - Morrisons Livestock and Farming Development Manager, Jodie Bolland, Deputy UK Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr Graeme Cooke, Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society President, Sally Horrell and NBA Chief Executive, Chris Mallon.

Judge, Jodie Bolland commented: “We were impressed by the students’ level of commitment to understanding the challenges for the beef industry, along with their passion and optimism for the future.”

Sally Horrell said: “The Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society is pleased to make these awards which have identified some of the most motivated and forward-thinking students within the beef sector. We are confident that the honours will contribute towards opening up new opportunities for them and achieving a successful career within the industry.”

The undergraduate Beef Student of the Year Award went to Henry Scholefield, a second year BSc (Hons) student from the University of Nottingham. Students from Aberystwyth University, Harper Adams University, Riseholme College and SRUC Edinburgh were amongst the finalists. The College Challenge winner was Charlie Smith, a final year student studying Level 4 Agriculture at Askham Bryan College, York.