CELEBRATIONS were the order order of the day for Askham Bryan College student Samantha (Sammy) Atkinson as she received a Yorkshire Agricultural Society medal.

Sammy, from Richmond, has graduated with a BSc degree in agricultural management, and was presented with the medal in recognition of her commitment and dedication to her studies by Tom Ramsden, society president, at the Great Yorkshire Show.

A firm fan of the farming showcase, Sammy said she was thrilled and delighted with the honour. Her connection with Askham Bryan began in 2014 when she began her studies for a Level 3 diploma in agriculture which she successfully gained; from there she went on to take her foundation degree, taking the college’s Stockmanship Award along the way and then gaining her honours degree with a 2:1 this summer.

Fiona MacDonald, head of agriculture, said: "Sammy’s commitment to agriculture, particularly livestock has been outstanding. Her enthusiasm shines through everything she does and she’s a brilliant ambassador for British agriculture.”

Sammy has built up her industry experience by helping on the family’s small holding and working at Leyburn auction mart. She also helps at WS Rogers & Son butchers in Masham.

She has now been accepted by the meat processing company, Dunbia on their two year graduate scheme in procurement. She will begin next month and work from the company’s premises near Bridlington.

"Sammy’s dream was to work in the meat industry and she’s achieved that against stiff competition. We wish her all the best for the future and have no doubt that she will be a great addition to the Dunbia team," said Fiona MacDonald.