National Award Launches to Honour Louise’s Infectious Enthusiasm - Cowsmo

National Award Launches to Honour Louise’s Infectious Enthusiasm

The dairy industry suffered a tremendous loss in 2016 when Louise Hartley lost her battle to a rare form of ovarian cancer. Louise, just 24, was a journalist at the Farmers Guardian, a keen member of Clitheroe Young Farmers, a passionate supporter of the Lancashire Holstein Young Breeders Club and a truly remarkable and inspiring driving force within the farming community.

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. Holstein Young Breeders (HYB) is honoured to launch the Louise Hartley Award, kindly sponsored by Alta Genetics in conjunction with the Louise Hartley Memorial
Fund. Courtesy of Alta, the Award winner will receive 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 qualify for the new Award, each affiliated HYB Club is asked to nominate one young breeder (aged between 18 and 22 years of age on the 1 st January 2017) to be considered for entry. The person selected to represent the Club should be a member who has made an outstanding contribution to the breed, Holstein Young Breeders and their own Breeders’ Club. At the HYB Coordinators Meeting, which will take place at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show in October, Coordinators will be asked to vote for the member they think should win (they will not be able to vote for a member from their own Club). The winner will be given the choice of the following three options, generously funded by Alta:

– Alta Advantage Showcase Tour, America, which takes place in June
– Alta Advantage Tour, Europe, which takes place in September
– Dairy Manager School, UK, which takes place in both May & October

The Louise Hartley Memorial Fund, kindly donated by the Hartley family, will also cover the transport costs for the winner.

Miriam Bagley, Events & National HYB Coordinator for Holstein UK, commented, “HYB is privileged to be able to launch this award in celebration and admiration of Louise. She was a wonderful personality, full of energy and boundless creativity and a treasured HYB member. Louise excelled at stock judging and showing and was inspired by her dairy farming family. The whole industry dearly misses her. This new Award is our way of celebrating her life and it is with great pride that we officially open the nomination process.

Nominations should be made via regional Club Coordinators and must also be endorsed by the Chairman or Secretary of the Senior Club.”

Nomination forms have been distributed to all regional Club Coordinators and Club Secretaries. The completed forms must be returned to Miriam Bagley at Speir House, Stafford Park 1, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 3BD no later than Friday
22 nd September 2017.

Alta Genetics – Award Sponsor

Holstein UK
Holstein UK is a member-owned organisation aimed at assisting members in breeding profitable, robust and productive dairy cattle.  Holstein UK is dedicated to innovation and quality and is driven to continuously improve the services offered. The charity is also the parent of two subsidiary companies, the Cattle Information Service (CIS) and the National Bovine Data Centre (NBDC) and is organiser of UK Dairy Day, an annual trade event for the dairy industry.

The CIS is the UK’s leading milk recording and health testing organisation operating a state-of- the-art laboratory.

The National Bovine Data Centre (NBDC) exists to develop industry-leading analysis of data for the improvement of
dairy production in the UK. UK Dairy Day is held each September and is in its 4 th year, taking place at the International Centre, Telford, on Wednesday 13 September 2017.

Key Facts

  • Holstein UK was formed in 1999 from the merger of the Holstein Friesian Society (founded in 1909 as the British Holstein Cattle Society) and the British Holstein Society (founded in 1946)
  • The Society registers all pedigree Holstein and British Friesian cattle in the UK
  • The Holstein breed in the UK currently averages 8,600 litres per lactation over an average of three lactations

Holstein Young Breeders
You don’t have to be a farmer to join HYB. If you are aged 26 years of age or under and have a passion for the dairy
industry, HYB is for you!

For further information on Holstein UK contact:
Naomi Lewis
Holstein UK Marketing Manager
Tel: 01923 695348
E Mail: [email protected]

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