The winner of this year’s Holstein Young Breeder (HYB) Presidents Medal, sponsored by Semex UK, is Colin Laird, from the Blythbridge Herd in Peeblesshire.
He pipped Iwan Thomas, of the Bryn herd in South Wales and Isobel Whittaker, of the Knowlesmere Herd in Cheshire, to win the coveted title, which is the highest accolade for a HYB member. The award presented at the Semex Dairy Conference held in Glasgow is made annually to the member who has made an outstanding contribution to the breed, the movement, and to their own Breeders’ Club.
Colin wins a trip to the Toronto Royal Winter Fair in November, with flight, travel and accommodation paid for by Semex.
Now a partner on the family farm, Colin has been an enthusiastic member of Holstein Young Breeders. He was National Holstein Show Showman in 2000, and most recently in 2009. He has also been a part of the winning Rally team four times.
“The finalists are all a real credit to their Holstein Club and their families and they should be proud of their achievements,” said Ken Proctor, former past President of Holstein UK, who presented the awards. “We were all very impressed with the standards of the candidates put forward.”
“Semex is delighted to support the Holstein UK President’s medal award, as we try to encourage young people into the industry and to support them in their career path”, says Gordon Miller, managing director of Semex UK. “This year’s award, like all of them, attracted strong competition from extremely talented individuals and I congratulate Colin on his outstanding achievement.”
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