The search has begun for the 10th winner of the NFU Cymru and NFU Mutual Dairy Stockperson of the Year.

The award seeks to champion dedicated, committed and enthusiastic dairy stock managers from across Wales. This year’s winner will receive £500 and a Welsh slate engraved cheese board.

Jonathan Wilkinson, NFU Cymru Dairy Board chairman said: “As a dairy farmer, I am very passionate about the agricultural industry and championing those individuals who go the extra mile to ensure they have happy, healthy cows is important.

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

“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, 25 September and the winner will be announced at this year’s Welsh Dairy Show at the United Counties Showground, Carmarthen, on Tuesday, 24 October.­