Posted 29 May 2018
“Winning the Farm Planner competition has been fantastic! It’s given me confidence in my ability going forward but also proven invaluable when it comes to working as a team."
A team of Harper Adams University final-year students have won the annual Institute of Agricultural Management Farmplanner contest for the third year in a row.
The team representing Harper Adams in the annual contest consisted of; Daniel Liddell, Harry Dunford, Charlie Cheyney, Paul Brown and Michael Wood, who joined competitors from universities and colleges throughout the UK to visit a real farm as part of the case study.
One of the team members, Daniel Liddel, said: “Winning the Farm Planner competition has been fantastic! It’s given me confidence in my ability going forward but also proven invaluable when it comes to working as a team.
“This final year has certainly been challenging, and by winning the Farm Planner competition really feels like our teams hard work has paid off.
“The opportunity started when Wyn Morgan and Tony Asson, who are both Senior Lecturers at Harper Adams, put our names forward to enter the competition in conjunction with the agricultural business development module.
“This competition was a real-life farming scenario that we could apply our knowledge and skills learnt from our farm business management lectures on an applied level. It allowed us to demonstrate our technical, business and management skills that were underpinned by relevant techniques and theory learnt during our four years at Harper Adams University
“The competition involved visiting Woodborough Park Farm near Nottingham where we analysed the farms physical attributes as well as other aspects including; crop performance, asset utilisation, long term business and personal objectives and then incorporated them with five questions proposed by the clients.
“Once the report was submitted, it was judged and narrowed down from several colleges and universities to 3 finalists; Bishop Burton, Newcastle and Harper Adams. A panel of judges was made up of farm business consultants, senior agricultural bankers as well as the clients.
“The judges praised our professional approach to the report and our presentation on finals day.
“Without the 'real-life' and applied farming scenarios taught to us at Harper Adams we wouldn't have been as well prepared to tackle such a challenge."
Wyn Morgan added: “This is the third year in a row that Harper Adams has won this national award which is a unique achievement.”