NEIL Hamilton, UKIP Leader in Wales and AM for Mid & West Wales, is urging people to nominate farmers for a prestigious national trophy.

Mr Hamilton, Party Spokesman for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, is backing a call from NFU Cymru and NFU Mutual who are searching for the next Dairy Stockperson of the Year.

Now in its seventh year, the Welsh Dairy Stockperson of the Year Award seeks to champion dedicated, committed and enthusiastic dairy stock managers from across Wales.

Mr Hamilton said:

“This is a wonderful opportunity for an individual, who goes the extra mile looking after and developing a dairy herd, to receive national recognition.

“The Welsh dairy industry plays a vital part in contributing to our economy here in Wales and, if anyone knows someone worthy of nominating for this award, I would encourage them to put the name forward.

Backing search for next Dairy Stockperson of the Year: Neil Hamilton AM

“Welsh farmers are the country’s unsung heroes and I welcome and support any initiatives and awards which recognise their achievements.

“They work extremely hard every day of the year helping to produce the nation’s food, care for the environment and sculpt the picturesque landscapes for which Wales is famous.”

Gareth Richards, NFU Cymru Milk Board Chairman said:

“The award aims to recognise the key role that a good dairy stockperson plays in a successful dairy enterprise and to the Welsh dairy industry as a whole.

“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.

“As Chairman of the NFU Cymru Milk Board I am excited to be taking part in the judging process for the first time and 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 October 1 2018 and the winner will be announced at this year’s Welsh Dairy Show at the United Counties, Showground, Carmarthen, on Tuesday, 30 October 2018.

For more information and to enter go to www.nfu-cymru.org.uk/news/latest-news.

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