Nominations sought for John Dennison Award at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo

High achievers and exemplary role models in agriculture will once again be in the running for the John Dennison Achievement Award at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo on Saturday, March 8, next year

Winner of the John Dennison Achievement Award 2013, Mike Miller, pictured with members of Mr Dennison's family
Winner of the John Dennison Achievement Award 2013, Mike Miller, pictured with members of Mr Dennison's family

High achievers and exemplary role models in agriculture will once again be in the running for the John Dennison Achievement Award at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo on Saturday, March 8, next year.

The award, set up in memory of the lifelong industry contribution made by Cumbrian dairy farmer John Dennison, will be given to the nominee judged to have the perfect combination of ability, sportsmanship, integrity and character within the dairy industry

Nominations for the prestigious prize close on February 1 and will be judged by a panel of leading figures involved in pedigree dairy cattle breeding.

The winner will be announced and presented with the award on the day of the expo.

John Dennison, who farmed at Scales Farm in Ulverston, was highly regarded in the industry as the breeder of the Denmire Holstein Herd on the 1000 acre family farm in Cumbria.

Following his death in 2012, the Dennison family decided to present the newly created prize as a mark of their deep respect for the lifelong contribution he made to dairy farming, pedigree breeding, judging, as well as his promotion of the Holstein breed and his encouragement of the younger generation of Holstein breeders.

Last year’s inaugural winner was Mike Miller of Shanael Holsteins, near Evesham in Worcestershire, who has bred and shown national champions.

He won the award for the significant help he has given to a generation of young breeders - but said it came as a complete surprise to him.

“I had no idea, and it left me a bit speechless,” he said.

“I had known John for many years and along with most of the dairy community we were so sad to hear of his loss. To receive the award last year was a real honour and tribute.”

The third Borderway UK Dairy Expo will be held at the Borderway Exhibition Centre in Carlisle on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

A major showcase for the UK dairy cattle industry, it includes champion cattle classes, the International Dairy Youth Championships and a trade exhibition

In 2013, the event attracted over 300 livestock entries, with The Grand Champion of Champions being Holstein cow Lavenham Adeen, owned in partnership by Mark Nutsford, Anthony Grimshaw and Stephen Bell.

Borderway UK Diary Expo represents all aspects of the dairy industry and is supported by several high profile businesses as mainline sponsors, including CIS, Holstein UK, Norbrook Pharmaceuticals and Clydesdale Bank.

Paul Burns, customer and technical support manager of ADF Milking Ltd, who attended the show last year, said: “Borderway UK Dairy Expo is definitely a good platform to promote our Automatic Dipping and Flushing system to the dairy industry. It is a fantastic location, and following on from last year’s event, we generated new business.”

Such was the quality of the stock in 2013, the Canadian Judge Barclay Phoenix said the Grand Champion of Champions was one of the best cows he had ever seen.

The view was endorsed by John Cochrane, UK Sales Manager of Cogent Breeding, who said the expo was significant for the dairy industry as a whole.

“It is a hugely important event because it is both where breeders can exhibit some of their best dairy cattle and somewhere all in the dairy industry can utilise as a platform to demonstrate their stock and cutting-edge technology,” he said.

“It gives us the opportunity to meet face-to-face with both UK and international customers. Borderway is in an excellent location as there is a wide catchment and it is so easily accessible.”

Full details on the event can be found on the Harrison & Hetherington website, www.harrisonandhetherington.co.uk .

To forward a nomination for the John Dennison Achievement Award, send a brief resumé on the nominee by February 1, 2014, to: The John Dennison Achievement Award, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle, CA1 2RS.

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