With typical modesty, on hearing that she had been chosen as one of the three finalists in the Farm Animal category, Becky said: “Blimey – I’ve just fallen off my chair three times in shock at having been nominated, let alone short listed – thank you so much, I’m really moved”, and upon learning that she was the overall Farm Animal winner : “I’m very humbled and touched by the whole thing.”
Becky clearly has a passion for cows. She loves them, and she works tirelessly to try and change the way farmers and vets look after their animals. Constantly on farm and teaching at the university, Becky’s scientific approach to animal welfare is backed up by over 100 published papers. She is continuously assessing, developing and improving the welfare of cattle, pigs and laying hens not only for the benefit of the animals, but also the farmers, vets and public. She firmly believes there are better ways than current farming methods and insists that by teaching her students these improved ways, they will carry forward her work. The judges clearly saw passion and commitment in Becky’s work towards animal welfare.
Watch a short video about Becky’s work and the award ceremony.