Farmers Guardian pips Farmers Weekly to the post in NOAH writer of the year award

The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) has announced the names of the winner and runner-up for the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists NOAH Writer/Broadcaster of the Year 2013 award.

The NOAH-sponsored award received a record number of entries this year. First prize went to Farmers Guardian journalist Katie Jones (nee Lomas), whose article on improving herd health to boost margins was judged to have been particularly accurate, clear and of great value to readers.

The judges felt Katie’s story construction, style of writing and her use of quotes were all exceptional.

Katie said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have won this award and would like to thank NOAH for their support of the work the agricultural press does in raising the awareness of animal health issues.

“Animal health is of huge importance to the readership of Farmers Guardian and we will endeavour to continue to provide useful and practical advice on herd and flock health to our readers.”

Runner-up, coming a very close second, was Rhian Price, livestock journalist with Farmers Weekly, for her article on tailoring treatment plans to tackle fluke.

Rhian said: “I’m honoured and delighted to receive the runner-up prize.”

The judges scored Rhian highly on accuracy, clarity and on the value of her article to the farming audience.

The awards, which were presented at the NOAH annual dinner in London last night, are given to a writer or broadcaster who submits a news story, or feature, which best highlights critical aspects of animal health, welfare and management, or examines topical and relevant issues on any aspect of farm animal care. The winner receives a cheque for £750, and the runner up a cheque for £250.

NOAH Chief Executive Phil Sketchley, who was one of the panel of three judges for the award, said: “We were delighted to have had a record number of entries this year, all of an excellent standard, which made the judges’ lives quite difficult! This award continues to show the talent and professionalism from agricultural journalists who provide valuable information for farmers involved in the care of Britain’s farm animals. Articles like these make a significant contribution to animal health and welfare, and NOAH is proud to support it.”


Notes for Editors

  1. For further information on NOAH contact Phil Sketchley or Alison Glennon at NOAH, tel. +44 (0)20 8367 3131, or visit the NOAH website.

  2. The National Office of Animal Health represents the UK animal medicines industry: its aim is to promote the benefits of safe, effective, quality medicines for the health and welfare of all animals

  3. Katie Jones (nee Lomas) article “Improving herd health boosts Margins” was published in Farmers Guardian on 15th March 2013.

  4. Rhian Price article “Tailor treatment plan to get the better of fluke” was published in Farmers Weekly on 29th November 2013.

  5. High-res images of the winner and runner-up receiving their awards are available on request. Please contact: Joy Wilding at Kendalls on 01394 610022 or email