The Welsh department of the Nationwide Farmers’ Union (NFU Cymru) is looking for the winner of its Dairy Stockperson of the 12 months award.

The union mentioned the search is on for what would be the tenth winner of the award, which seeks to champion “devoted, dedicated and enthusiastic” dairy inventory managers from throughout Wales.

The cut-off date for entries is Monday, September 25, and the winner will probably be introduced at this yr’s Welsh Dairy Present on Tuesday, October 24, on the United Counties Showground, Carmarthen.

This yr’s winner will obtain £500 and a Welsh slate engraved cheese board.

NFU Cymru dairy board chair, Jonathan Wilkinson, mentioned: “As a dairy farmer, I’m very passionate in regards to the agricultural trade and championing these people who go the additional mile to make sure they’ve joyful, wholesome cows is necessary.

“The award goals to recognise the important thing position {that a} good dairy stockperson performs in a profitable dairy enterprise and the Welsh dairy trade as an entire.

“Potential award winners will probably be judged on their care and administration of the herd, the breeding programme, their dealing with abilities, their involvement within the dairy enterprise and their data of the dairy trade in Wales.”

Wilkinson urged all NFU members to appoint a dairy farmer or supervisor of their space who they consider deserves to be recognised for his or her work within the trade.

NFU Cymru and NFU Mutual group secretary for Llandeilo, Rhys Williams, will probably be judging on behalf of NFU Mutual this yr.

“The standard of stockmanship is a significant component in figuring out the success of any dairy enterprise,” he mentioned.

“We now have some very good stockpeople concerned within the dairy trade in Wales and I’m assured that this will probably be a keenly contested competitors and one which NFU Mutual is happy to assist because the main farming insurer.”