Vote for RAU Student in Farmers Guardian Competition

James Thomson, a Royal Agricultural University (RAU) student has been shortlisted in a national competition to become Farmers Guardian Agricultural Student of the Year 2013. He was selected from 50 entrants in the competition, and, if successful, could win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to a country of his choice.

BSc Agriculture student, James, is currently in his second year. As well as his studies, James currently breeds his own pedigree Suffolk sheep as well as a herd of pedigree Dexter cattle. He believes travelling to New Zealand to see how sheep genetics are produced and developed will be of huge personal benefit.

James will also shortly undertake a five-month work placement with JCB Farms, as part of the BSc Agriculture course. “The RAU has helped by supporting me throughout my studies,” explains James “and has increased and furthered the knowledge of agriculture that I already had.”

He said: “Securing a place at The Royal Agricultural University was a great moment but the success I have had with my animals has been a highlight. I have topped markets with my shearling rams and have won shows in the past.”

Long term I would like to be a farm manager, with my own stock. That would be ideal, but to be successfully managing a business is my main goal.”

Public voting will run until 26th April, and then four finalists will then be invited to Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. To win the competition, they will be asked to prepare an eight to 10-minute presentation about themselves and why they should be chosen, followed by an interview with the judging panel.

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