Nominations sought for the 2019 John Dennison Award

Entries are now being invited from all sectors of the dairy industry for the John Dennison Lifetime Achievement Award.

This annual accolade, now in its seventh year, is personally awarded and presented by the Dennison family, in memory of the renowned breeder of Denmire Holsteins, John Dennison.

The winner is set to be announced at this year’s Borderway UK Dairy Expo on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Last year, the award was won by Holstein Association past president Jimmy Wilson, from the Tregibby Herd in Cardigan.

Former recipients have also included Mike Miller of Shanael Holsteins; John Gribbon; Sammy McCormick of the Hilltara Herd, Bangor, Northern Ireland; Alister Laird of Blyth Bridge, Peebleshire; and Mark Nutsford from the Riverdane Herd.

Last year’s winner Jimmy Wilson said: “It is a great honour, and privilege to accept this award. It is truly a lifetime achievement and something that you cannot buy.”

The judging panel comprises of industry leaders, including members of the Dennison family and past winners of the award.

Together, they look for an individual that reflect the traits of its namesake, John Dennison and similarly someone who is judged to be an exemplary role model and has made a significant contribution to the dairy industry.

Suitable nominees include those that have worked consistently throughout their lifetime to earn a status of high regard in the dairy and farming community.

Glyn Lucas, dairy auctioneer at Harrison and Hetherington, said: “The British dairy industry is renowned across the world, along with many of the individuals who work within it and the Dennison family wanted to recognise these individuals.

John Dennison was a highly respected and celebrated figure within the industry and we, all attendees of Dairy Expo, are proud to be able to highlight those who have dedicated their life to dairy.

“The moment when the winner of the John Dennison Lifetime Achievement Award is announced is a moment not likely to be forgotten by any recipient, and we very much look forward to receiving 2019 nominations.”

John Dennison

John Dennison farmed at Scales Farm in Ulverston and was highly respected for his extraordinary skills as a pedigree breeder and showman.

John was also well known as a judge and inspirational figure for many young people. He acted as an ambassador for the Holstein breed and mentor to the younger generation of Holstein breeders.

The honour was introduced in 2012 following his death, to mark the deep respect within the dairy industry for his lifelong contribution to dairy farming.

How to nominate

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 closing date for nominations is Thursday, January 31, 2019.