Out of a record number of entries this year, an article on improving dairy herd health to boost margins was selected as winner of the Guild's NOAH-sponsored award for animal health and welfare journalism.
The article, written by Farmers Guardian livestock editor Katie Jones was judged to have been particularly accurate, clear and of great value to readers, with exceptional story construction, writing style and use of quotes.
Katie said: “I'm absolutely thrilled to have won this award and would like to thank NOAH for their support of the work the agricultural press does in raising the awareness of animal health issues.
“Animal health is of huge importance to the readers of Farmers Guardian and we will endeavour to continue to provide useful and practical advice on herd and flock health.”
Runner-up, coming a very close second, was Rhian Price, livestock journalist with Farmers Weekly, for her article on tailoring treatment plans to tackle fluke in sheep.
“I'm honoured and delighted to receive the runner-up prize,” said Rhian, whose work scored highly with the judges on accuracy and clarity, and on the value of her article to the farming audience.
The awards, which were presented at the NOAH annual dinner in London, are presented to a writer or broadcaster who submits a news story or feature article that best highlights critical aspects of animal health, welfare and management, or examines topical and relevant issues on any aspect of farm animal care.
The winner receives a cheque for £750, and the runner up a cheque for £250.
NOAH Chief Executive Phil Sketchley, who was one of the panel of three judges for the award, said: “We were delighted to have had a record number of entries this year, all of an excellent standard, which made the judges’ lives quite difficult!
“This award continues to show the talent and professionalism of agricultural journalists who provide valuable information for farmers involved in the care of Britain’s farm animals. Articles like these make a significant contribution to animal health and welfare, and NOAH is proud to support the work of journalists through this award.”
Read Katie's winning article here.
Read Rhian's runner-up article here.