The award is in memory of the highly regarded breeder of the Denmire Holsteins, John Dennison of Scales Farm, Ulverston and is presented by his family to the person judged to be an exemplary role model to the industry. Before the award was presented, the Dennison family said they believed it was a privilege and honour and that John himself would have been very proud of.
The award is presented to someone who supports and encourages the next generation, as John Dennison himself did. It is to be annual, and given to someone who has all-round ability, and is respected and recognised by fellow members of the industry.
A number of entries were received, and the committee were unanimous in their choice of winner: Mike Miller of Shanael Holsteins, near Evesham in Worcestershire. The award recognised he has given huge help to a generation of young breeders, and has bred and shown National Champions.
John Dennison of Scales Farm, Ulverston – the highly regarded breeder of “DENMIRE”Holsteins. Out of deep respect for the lifelong contribution that John made to dairy farming, pedigree breeding, judging, showing and promoting the Holstein breed, and for his encouragement of the younger generation of Holstein breeders Harrison & Hetherington with the Dennison family have decided to present this new prestigious award in his honour. 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, breeder and support and encouragement he gave to the next generation are inspirational. The John Dennison Achievement Award is designed to honour these qualities.
This award will be presented annually at the Borderway UK Dairy expo in March the award goes to the dairy cattle breeder and exhibitor who possesses the ability, sportsmanship, integrity and character to be respected by his fellow breeders and show persons. To be eligible for the award the nominee must be an “active” showperson, breeder or manager of any dairy cattle breed in the UK. Nominees will be judged on their support of breed activities and their ability to breed, manage, develop, promote and exhibit dairy cattle. Selection of the inaugural winner will be made by a panel comprised of leading figures in pedigree dairy cattle breeding and associated organisations and, as time progresses by former recipients of the award.