Somerset’s Dairy Career Awards 2013 !

All our winners, runners up and sponsors

Awards winners, sponsors, runners up

Agricultural Dairy Trainee Award – Sponsored by Bakers Cheddar

Winner Rachel Churches with Sponsor Neil Baker

Rachel & Neil Baker


Dairy Processing Trainee Award- Sponsored by Lye Cross Farm

Winner Alice Hannon with Sponsor Nick Green

Alice Hannon & Nick Green


Agricultural Engineer Trainee Award –  Sponsored by Bigwood Agri & Deutz Fahr

Winner Jack Smiles with sponsor Keith Bigwood

Jack Smiles  & Keith Bigwood


Agri-Business Trainee Award – Sponsored by Mitchells Chartered Accountants

Winner Thomas Woolacott with sponsor Sam Vigus

Thomas Woolacott & Sam Vigus


 Work Experience Award- Sponsored by Greenslade Taylor Hunt

Winner Henry Rossiter with sponsor Derek Biss

Henry Rossiter & Derek Biss

 Award for Further or Higher Education – Sponsored by Bridgwater College- Cannington Centre

Winner Matthew Woollaston with sponsor Claire Winson

Mathew Woollaston & Claire Winson

 It’s All About Dairy Overall Award – Sponsored by Community Council for Somerset- Somerset Society

Winner Rachel Churches with Sponsor Katherine Armstrong

rachel & katherine

We feel this Rachel deserves the overall It’s All About Dairy award as she really stood out to the judges as a person that is very positive about the industry and has worked very hard to get where she has. She is very knowledgeable about the industry and working for different companies whilst at college has helped with this along with her diploma in agriculture and work on the family farm. We feel she would be a great ambassador for the dairy industry in Somerset and showing everyone that it isn’t just a male industry. She is very passionate about encouraging young people into the dairy industry and opening her family farm for visits.

Dairy Employer Award  Sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers 

Winners Joe and Rachel Horler, Maundrills Farm  with Sponsor Julie Edwards


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Agriculture: Is the science and business of cultivating soil, producing crops, and raising livestock.

Agribusiness: is a generic term applied to businesses involved in some or all of the following agricultural production systems: crop production, including farming and contract farming, seed supply, agrichemicals, farm machinery, wholesale and distribution,processing, marketing, and retail sales.

Agronomist: is a person who engages in the scientific study of plants and plant materials as fuel, feed and food. Do you love studying plants and want to know more about the impact it has on agriculture? If so, you may want to consider agronomy as a career choice.

Apprenticeship:   is a real job with training so you can earn while you learn and pick up some recognised qualifications as you go…

Artificial Insemination: is the introduction of male reproductive cells into the female reproductive tract by artificial means,commonly abbreviated AI.

CV: a curriculum vitae (CV)  is a written document that provides an overview of a person’s experience and other qualifications. It is typically the first item that a potential employer encounters.

Farm assurance: are voluntary schemes which establish production standards covering food safety, environmental protection, animal welfare issues and other characteristics deemed to be important by consumers.   

Further Education: Education above school age but below university level.

Herds-person : refers to someone who works with the daily maintenance, health and breeding of dairy and beef cattle.

Higher Education: education at universities or similar educational establishments, especially to degree level.

Horticulture :  is the science, technology, and business involved in intensive plant cultivation for human use.

Husbandry:  is the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Land-based: is the term used for a vocational agricultural based courses.

Quota-milk: Every country in the EU has a limit to the amount of milk that is allowed to be produced- this is its quota. The total quota is divided up between all the dairy farmers in the country- individual quota is the number of litres of milk they are allowed to produce each year- there are penalties for producing too much.

Ruminant: An animal that ‘ chews the cud’, they digest more of a plant than single stomached animals by having a rumen ( the first of 4 stomach chambers) where the plant material they have eaten are fermented by micro organisms to produce proteins and sugars the animal can digest.

Silage: Grass or other crops that have been cut, allowed to wilt but not completely dry out and are preserved in plastic wrapping or in a large clamp or pit. Silage is fed to livestock in the winter when fresh grass is not available

Traineeship:  is an unwaged education and training programme with work experience that is focused on giving young people the skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Vocational Education: is education that prepares people for specific trades, crafts and careers at various levels from a trade, a craft, technician, or a professional position.

Zero grazing: Fields of grass are grown but the animals are not allowed to graze them. Instead grass is cut regularly and taken to the animals.