Published on 10th February 2019
Guild member freelance journalist Caroline Stocks will travel to the USA as winner of the BGAJ 2018 Livestock Technology Award, sponsored by Keenan Alltech.
Caroline (pictured above) won all-expenses paid trip to Alltech’s global headquarters in Kentucky where she will participate in the Alltech One Ideas Conference in May 2019.
She won the livestock technology award for an article about the use of robotics at a US dairy unit, published in British Dairying.
The article examined how a Minnesota family invested in robotics technology to overcome the problem of recruiting sufficient staff to run the business.
Judges said Caroline’s well written article explained the innovation in detail, with a useful 'facts to consider' panel for those thinking of investing in this technology.
Runner up for her Field of Dreams article published in Cow Management is freelance and editor of Cow Management Rachael Porter (pictured above).
Rachael won an all-expenses paid trip to Alltech’s headquarters and research facility in Dublin, Ireland.
Her piece described how a Dorset dairy business designed and built an ambitious outdoor milking system to suit their extensively grazed herd.
The innovation is now generating interest from around the world.
Judges liked the way the innovation was explained, and said the character and enthusiasm of the people involved came across well.
The awards were presented by Keenan Alltech's Fergal McAdam and Guild chairman Catherine Linch at a reception for members at DairyTech 2019.
The presentations – kindly hosted by Keenan-Alltech on their stand at the event – included a reception for Guild members and friends (pictured above).
About 18 members attended the event – which included complementary G&Ts served up by Alltech, which were very well received.
Early estimates suggest more than 6,500 visitors attended DairyTech 2019, held on Wednesday, 6 February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
Photos by Guild member and agricultural photographer Tim Scrivener, of AgriPhoto.