NFU Cymru and NFU Mutual have launched their Dairy Stockperson of the Year Award for 2017.

Now in its sixth year, the award seeks to champion dedicated, committed and enthusiastic dairy stock managers from across Wales.

Aled Jones, NFU Cymru Milk Board chairman, says the award is to recognise the key role a good dairy stockperson plays in a successful dairy enterprise and to the Welsh dairy industry as a

“Potential award winners will be judged on their care and management of the herd, the breeding programme, their handling skills, their involvement in the dairy enterprise and their knowledge of the dairy industry in Wales,” he added.

“As a dairy farmer myself, I am very passionate about the industry and I believe it is important to champion those individuals who go above and beyond to ensure they have happy and healthy cows.

“I would urge you all to nominate a dairy farmer or manager in your area who you believe deserves to be recognised for their work within the industry.”

The closing date for entries is Monday, September 25 and the winner will be announced at this year’s Welsh Dairy Show at the United Counties Showground, Carmarthen, on Tuesday, October 24.

Dai Davies OBE, chairman of NFU Mutual’s Advisory Board for Wales said: “We have some superb stockpeople involved in the dairy industry in Wales.

“I am confident this will be a keenly-contested competition and one which NFU Mutual is pleased to support as the leading rural insurer in Wales.”

This year’s winner will receive £300 and a Welsh slate engraved cheese board.

The person nominating the winner of the award will also receive £50 of local farm shop vouchers or goods.