A DAIRY farmer is hoping to become the cream of the crop after he was shortlisted for a national award.
Rob Cooke, 18, from Clutton, is in line to become the Dairy Student of the Year for his work managing a herd of Friesian cows and his development at a Cheshire college.
The former Tarporley High School pupil is among four finalists challenging for the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers/Dairy Crest award at a ceremony in London later this month.
Based at Reaseheath College, Rob studies part-time on a foundation degree in Dairy Herd Management and also takes charge of an expanding herd of cows at his family farm at Clotton Hall, near Tarporley.
In a bid to win the award, announced on March 26, he will give a presentation on the future of the dairy industry in front of a panel and is hoping that his understanding of business will clinch the first prize.
He said: “I’ve always wanted to be a farmer. I can see great potential within the dairy industry, particularly with the growing need for food in the future.”
Rob has previously been interviewed as a potential manager of the Genus Moet herd, one of the top producing herds in the world based at Reaseheath, and is preparing to undertake an Advanced National Certificate in Agriculture.
Tutor Natalie Gascoyne said: “Rob has big aspirations and very extensive knowledge. He is exactly the sort of young person who will take dairying forward into the next generation. This is a great opportunity for him to prove that he understands the business side of the industry.”