A prestigious industry award is seeking female powerhouses of the dairy industry.

The Dairy Industry Women of the Year Award aims to recognise women who connect people, inspire others, and share their knowledge.

The award, which is sponsored by HSBC, celebrates the achievements of women in the British dairy industry and is run by Women in Dairy, an RABDF initiative.

Women in Dairy is designed to bring women working in the industry together through regional discussion group meetings.

This is the fourth year the award has been running, with previous winners including:

  • Mary Quicke of Quicke Cheeses (pictured top);
  • Dairy farmer and AHDB and NFU board representative Janette Prince; and
  • Livestock consultant Dr. Jude Capper.

The values of Women in Dairy must be highlighted in each nomination. This means candidates must be shown to connect with the dairy industry and the public, inspire people and share their experience and knowledge.

The winner will be announced at the annual Women in Dairy conference, which this year is being held virtually on September 30 due to Coronavirus restrictions.

Women in Dairy patron Di Wastenage said: “There are lots of inspiring women involved in our industry and they are fundamental to driving our sector forward. So, it is important to recognise and reward their success.

Nominees do not need to work on a dairy farm, but they must be involved in the industry. This means as well as farmers we can receive nominations for vets, consultants, technicians and people working right across the dairy supply chain.

Last year’s winner Mary Quicke said it was an honour to win the award.

“It was such an achievement for myself and the whole team and means a great deal to everyone involved," she said.

Nominations are open until July 31. From all nominations, the judging panel will select finalists who will be contacted for a short interview with judges and a member of the steering committee.