Finals of farming comp for Helen

Helen Parker
Helen Parker

Helen Parker from Kemnay, a second year Agriculture student, has reached the UK final of a competition about animal health.

Helen, who studies at the Aberdeen campus of Scotland’s Rural College, travels to Birmingham on July 8 to discover if she has won.

Organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers and sponsored by nutrition company Volac the competition was open to both veterinary and agriculture students across the UK. Entrants had to submit a 1500 word essay on farm health planning, demonstrating their knowledge of the effects of disease on animal health and welfare as well as the farm business. The winner will be announced at the prestigious national Livestock event, held in Birmingham’s NEC.

“I am delighted and excited,” says Helen.” Apart from the competition it is a great opportunity to go to such an important event focussing on UK livestock farming. There will be a lot to learn and find out about.”

A mature student, just finishing her Higher National Diploma in Agriculture and with plans to progress to an Honours Degree wiighert national diploma in Agriculture th SRUC, Helen lives on Mosshead Farm which has mixed arable, beef and sheep. She is also interested in pigs and provides holiday cover on a nearby unit. Her essay drew on her SRUC course work at Craibstone beside Aberdeen airport.

“My tutor Dr Nick Prince suggested one of my assessments was more than a good enough standard for the competition. It was a matter of whittling it down from 3,500 words to 1500 and focussing on the issues they wanted, like the collaboration between farm staff and vets in proper health planning.”