This year’s Borderway UK Dairy Expo will introduce The John Dennison Achievement Award to recognise the dairy cattle breeder or exhibitor judged to be a high achiever and exemplary role model. The special prize, in memory of the lifelong long industry contribution made by Cumbrian dairy farmer John Dennison, will be given to the nominee judged to have the perfect combination of ability, sportsmanship, integrity and character.
John Dennison who farmed at Scales Farm in Ulverston was highly regarded in the industry as the breeder of the Denmire Holstein Herd on the 1000 acre family farm in Cumbria. Following his sad death in 2012 the Dennison family have decided to present this new prestigious award as a mark of their deep respect for the lifelong contribution that John made to dairy farming, pedigree breeding, judging, showing as well as his promotion of the Holstein breed and his encouragement of the younger generation of Holstein breeders.
Under his care and skilful management the Denmire Herd produced many numerous EXCELLENT COWS and many show champions. John is remembered not just for this expertise but also for his character and his enthusiasm for the industry as a whole.
Glynn Lucas of Harrison & Hetherington pays tribute, “John Dennison’s legacy will be remembered and admired for a very long time. His warmth and friendliness, his mischievous smile and modesty combined with his deep seated skills as a dairy farmer and breeder and the support and encouragement he gave to the next generation are inspirational.”
Nominations for the inaugural prize close on the 1st February and will be judged by a panel of leading figures involved in pedigree dairy cattle breeding and its associated organisations. The winner will be announced and presented with their award at the Borderway UK Dairy Expo on March 9th.