The Somerset Dairy Careers Awards were presented highlighting what a fantastic job young people and employers are doing for the dairy industry in Somerset. These were kindly hosted by Mole Valley Farmers at this years Dairy Show at The Bath and West Showground. Organised by the Somerset Dairy Careers Project, cash prizes and trophies were presented by the sponsor of each category to young people that have shown outstanding enthusiasm, hard work and dedication to the industry.
There were 6 category winners are these were: Bakers of Haselbury Plucknett Agricultural Dairy Trainee Award – Rachel Churches, Lye Cross Farm Processing Trainee Award- Alice Hannon, Bigwoods Agri & Deutz Fahr Engineering Trainee Award- Jack Smiles, Mitchells Chartered Accountants Agri-business Trainee Award- Thomas Woolacott, Greenslade Taylor Hunt Work Experience Award- Henry Rossiter and Bridgwater College Further and Higher Education Award- Matthew Woollaston.
There was one overall winner for the It’s All About Dairy Award and this was presented to Rachel Churches. The judges felt due to Rachel’s attitude, knowledge, willingness to adapt and learn made her a fantastic ambassador to young people and the industry and a very worthy winner.
“I am thrilled about winning the Agricultural Dairy Trainee Award and the overall It’s All About Dairy Award. It has opened up a vast amount of opportunities including gaining 2 work experience placements whilst talking to companies about the awards at the Dairy Show. I am looking forward to this and without the Somerset Dairy Careers Awards I’m sure this wouldn’t have been possible.” Rachel Churches said after the Dairy Show.
The Dairy Employer Award sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers was given to Joe and Rachel Horler from Maundrils Farm, Highbridge, who for a small farming business do a huge amount to help and support young people to start a career in the dairy industry.
Joe and Rachel said after winning the award “It has been great to be involved and we were delighted to win the employer’s award. We hope to continue promoting dairy in different ways, if you enjoy what you do – and for us that is dairy farming – then it is easy and rewarding to share that enthusiasm with others.”
For further information contact Laura Milverton Project Coordinator at Laura@somersetrcc.org.uk or Tel: 01823 331222 / 07980224351 Visit: www.somersetdairycareers.co.uk Find us: www.facebook/somersetdairycareers Follow us on twitter: @somersetrcc