A Bridgwater & Taunton College Level 3 agriculture student, Emily Davis, has recently won the award of ‘Overall Champion Handler 2019’ at the South West Dairy Show 2019.

The one-day event attracts more than 6,000 visitors and 300 trade stands as well as over 300 cattle exhibition entries.

Emily, from Uffculme School, said: “This is a very highly contested competition with people taking part with all different dairy breeds - the standard is extremely high. The competition is about the handler and how well they show off their animal to make it looks it’s best and I was lucky enough to win for the second year running.”

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All of the students within the college's agriculture department attended the show, which is a key event on the livestock calendar.

Opportunities like this give the students the chance to further engage with employers and businesses within the agriculture industry and support them as they progress into employment.

Tom Cunningham, curriculum manager for agriculture, food and land management said “The agriculture team would like to congratulate Emily on her achievements and this award recognises her excellent work ethic, maturity and employment-ready skillset in working with livestock.

"The South-West Dairy Show is a fantastic event, in which the staff and students benefit from gaining up-to-date industry knowledge on key developments and technology. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Shepton Vets for sponsoring the award.”