20 Oct 2017

Young breeders awarded for their commitment to HYB

A host of awards were presented at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show, held from 13-15th October to recognise Holstein Young Breeders who go the extra mile.

The Littlestar award recognises an HYB member, aged 17 or under, who continuously makes an outstanding contribution to HYB, the Holstein breed and, in particular their own Club. To qualify for this award, each Club nominates a member who must then submit their CV and personal statement before going forward to an interview which takes place over the weekend of the show. Sitting on the judging panel were Anna Stable (Semex), Andrew Birkle (Holstein UK Chairman) and David Perry (Holstein UK President) who all commented on the fantastic quality of this year’s entries. The worthy winner of this award was Laura Barrett, Central Counties who was presented with the coveted Littlestar painting to recognise this fantastic achievement. Laura was credited for her enthusiasm towards the British dairy industry and for always making the extra effort.

Littlestar Award winner: Laura Barret (Central Counties)

Richard Armstrong from Border & Lakeland took home The Dick Stapleton Award in recognition of his contribution to his Club, HYB and the calf show. Richard was credited by both his Club and the wider HYB community for being an extremely supportive and dedicated member of HYB who always gives everything his all, especially when it comes to getting involved with the younger members and assisting them with preparing their calves.

Dick Stapleton Award winner: Richard Armstrong (Border & Lakeland)

The new Louise Hartley Award was launched this year in memory of the Lancashire HYB member and former Farmers Guardian livestock reporter who passed away last year. This award, kindly sponsored by Alta, has been introduced to give an HYB member, aged between 18 and 22 years old with a passion for agriculture the chance to further their career. The winner of this award wins a place on either a tour of America or Europe or the opportunity to attend a Dairy Manager School in the UK to develop their skills and learning. To be in with the chance of winning this fantastic opportunity, HYB members are nominated by their Clubs and then finalists voted for by Club Coordinators over the weekend of the Calf Show. Whilst the quality of the entries was fantastic, William Horsley from Border & Lakeland Club, stood out above the other nominations and was crowned the winner. William has been an active member of HYB since he started competing in novice handler’s classes at the age of 5. Since then, he has developed his showmanship classes to go on and win handling classes at both club and national level. William is always at the forefront of HYB and the wider Border & Lakeland club activities and since graduating from Newton Rigg College, William is now working on his home farm with views to develop the family herd and drive the business forward into the future.

Louise Hartley Award winner: William Horsley (Border & Lakeland)