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Prestigious Industry Accolade Returns to Dairy Event

Returning to Borderway UK Dairy Expo, held in Carlisle, for the fifth year is The John Dennison Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is in memory of the life time industry contribution made by Cumbrian dairy farmer and highly regarded breeder, John Dennison.

The aim of this prestigious award is to recognise the dairy cattle breeder or exhibitor judged to be a high achiever and excellent role model within the dairy industry. Former recipients have included Mike Miller of Shanael Holsteins, near Evesham in Worcestershire, John Gribbon and Sammy McCormick, of the Hilltara Herd, Bangor.

L to R Izzy Wright, Colin Laird, Alister Laird, Cathleen Laird, Anne Laird

L to R Izzy Wright, Colin Laird, Alister Laird, Cathleen Laird, Anne Laird

The 2016 recipient was renowned Holstein breeder, Alister Laird of Blyth Bridge, Peebleshire and winner of the 2016 Borderway UK Dairy Expo Champion of Champions with Holstein cow Illens Atwood Australia.

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 award was introduced as a mark of the deep respect for the lifelong contribution that John made to dairy farming and the dairy industry at all levels.

Commenting on the award, Glyn Lucas at Harrison & Hetherington said:
“The purpose of this award, which is unique to the dairy industry, is to recognise and highlight people who have dedicated a lifetime of work to the industry, just like John Dennison. We look forward to receiving the nominations for 2017, and to having the opportunity to recognise what will undoubtedly be a key figure within the dairy industry.”

Anyone who would like to make a nomination should send a brief resume on the nominee to the John Dennison Lifetime Achievement Award, c/o Glyn Lucas, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd., Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle CA1 2RS.

The winner will be announced and presented with their award by the Dennison family at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo on Saturday 11th March 2017.

Explaining what winning this award in 2016 meant to him, Alister Laird said:
“To receive the John Dennison Lifetime Achievement Award has certainly been one of the biggest honours, and most humbling experiences of my life. It was such a privilege to receive this award which commemorates such an icon in the dairy industry.

“John Dennison was such an inspiration to myself and others through his commitment and dedication to his passions in life. His legacy will continue to grow and be passed on through the generations of the Dennison family. It means a huge amount to have been selected to receive the award and it is something I will forever be proud of.”

The sixth Borderway UK Dairy Expo will take place at the Borderway Exhibition Centre in Carlisle, on Saturday 11th March 2017. With a line-up of British and International judges, this flagship dairy showcase welcomes the best of the best of British dairy genetics and includes Championship Cattle Classes, the Showmanship Youth Championships, as well as a variety of trade exhibitions. The show will be followed by the All-Britain Awards and Dance at the Shepherds Inn, Carlisle.


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