Craig shows his skills

Published Friday, 23rd November 2018 in Study at SRUC news

Craig Stout with his Business Skills winner’s certificate at AgriScot
Craig Stout with his Business Skills winner’s certificate at AgriScot

A third-year Agriculture student from SRUC’s Edinburgh campus has been crowned the winner of this year’s AgriScot Business Skills competition.

Competing against three fellow SRUC students, Craig Stout scooped the £1000 cash prize plus a sponsored trip to the Nuffield Farming Conference.

The final saw the four competitors judged on the task of assessing the value and relevance of an innovative product or service showcased at AgriScot. This year, it was the automated mobility scoring system CowAlert from IceRobotics.

The other three finalists were: Hollie Cruikshank, from Grantown-on-Spey (Aberdeen campus), Ian Buchanan, from Kinross (Aberdeen) and Alasdair Allan, from Linlithgow (Edinburgh).

Craig, from Orkney, said: “Winning the Business Skills Award was a big shock, but I was really happy to hear my name called! It’s been a very worthwhile experience and a great opportunity- I’d advise anyone thinking about going for it next year to take the chance.

“I learned a lot during the process, and it was great having to work under pressure - something which I’m not used to, but I think will be relevant in the future!”

Supported by SRUC and the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC), this year’s competition welcomed a new sponsor – Dairymaster UK Ltd.

Chris Howarth Dairymaster UK Ltd said: “One of our initiatives is to encourage youth and the future generation within the agricultural industry, so sponsoring the Business Skills Award seemed like a perfect fit. Supporting the industry and seeing young people like Craig grow and succeed within farming is essential to the future of agriculture.”

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