Holstein Young Breeders Awards Presented to Next Generation Dairy Farmers

Holstein Young Breeders Awards Presented to Next Generation Dairy Farmers

The annual All Breeds All Britain (ABAB) Calf Show should have been hosted last weekend, however, due to COVID-19 the event unfortunately could not take place. 

Holstein Young Breeders (HYB) are delighted to announce that the Louise Hartley and Littlestar Awards have still taken place  this year with virtual judging facilitated.

The Louise Hartley Award was launched in 2017 to honour the life of Louise Hartley. In celebration of her life, the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund was set up to give a youngster with an interest in agriculture the chance to further their career. The winner of the award is an HYB member, aged between 18 and 22, who has made an outstanding contribution to the breed, Holstein Young Breeders and their own Breeders’ Club.

We are delighted to announce that the 2020 winner of The Louise Hartley Award is Jonny Woodhouse (Lancashire).  Sponsored by World Wide Sires, Jonny will have the opportunity to visit their Global Training Centre in Washington State to attend a practical training course.

Jonny joined HYB in 2010 and has represented Lancashire HYB on numerous occasions at UK and European events including ABAB, Open Junior Show in Cremona, German Masters in Verona and Junior European Championships in both Colmar and Libramont.  At only 21 he has already made a mark on the showing stage having bred two honourable mention winners at the ABAB Calf Show.  Jonny works on the family farm, prefix Shoreline, and regularly helps and supports the younger members of Lancashire HYB.

The Littlestar Award is presented to a HYB member aged 17 or under who has made an outstanding contribution to the breed, Holstein Young Breeders and their own Club.  The 2020 winner of this award is William Neale (Cornwall).  William started showing cattle at the age of eight and joined HYB in 2015.  He continues to show and breed cattle with the WJH prefix which he started in 2018 and has his own flock of Texel sheep.  He also helps his dad with their pedigree Limousin and Aberdeen Angus herd.

Commenting on the awards, Hannah Williams, Head of Events for Holstein UK, “We would like to thank Michael Dennison (Semex National Sales Manager), Sarah Hartley and Stuart Roberts (NFU Deputy President) for judging this years awards.  We hope that next year we can host the ABAB Calf Show as normal and bring all HYB members together again to learn, network and have fun.  This years winners are a real credit to the industry and we are immensely proud of how everyone is adapting to the current ways of operating whilst we deal with the impact of COVID-19.  On behalf of the Holstein UK trustees, congratulations to Jonny Woodhouse and William Neale.”

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