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WHAT TO SUBMIT

Tell us why you feel you or your company should win your chosen category (minimum 700 words).

Include as much information as possible about why you think you are the winner in your chosen field. Evidence of your success is important, as are testimonials, brochures, copies of marketing materials – please send us whatever best supports your entry and please take time to ensure that you have clearly shown how you or your business stands out among your competitors, and that your unique selling point and measure of success is clearly demonstrated.

You can enter below or email caroline@calderwood.cc

For advice on what to include in your entry, please call us on 01892 231604 or email us for assistance.

700 words minimum but feel free to write more, there is no word limit.

A farm stats form may be sent to you to complete to aid your entry.

Financial statement of your business growth and success to support your entry, can be included where applicable to the category, such as your turnover for the past year, or any other growth indication, such as investment in new avenues of business.

YOU CAN ONLY ENTER A MAXIMUM OF TWO CATEGORIES. THE CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES IS MAY 31ST 2022 

Check out the criteria for each category below, or ENTER NOW

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CREAM AWARD – THE JOHN BECKETT MEMORIAL CUP WINNER

Over all Dairy Company of the Year, chosen by the judging panel

Winner of the John Beckett Memorial Cup

– sponsored by Lely Atlantic

Criteria – any company working in the UK dairy chain

What are our judges looking for?

A company working in the dairy industry, contributing to the success of the dairy industry, you will demonstrate that as a direct result of your business, and the activity, product or service you offer, your contribution to the industry is an exemplary one. You will be investing in and confident of a bright future for dairy. You can enter this category but judges will also make their choice from all companies entering all categories.

Judged by the Senior Judging Panel and Sherwin Moazami, Cluster Manager Lely Atlantic

LEAD SPONSOR 

LELY ATLANTIC

CLIMATE POSITIVE AGRICULTURE

Self-entry or nomination

– sponsored by Mole Valley Farmers

Criteria – UK Dairy farmers making sustainable farm practices a priority

What are our judges looking for?

This new award recognises the business that is planning and delivering Climate Positive Agriculture.

Businesses will need to demonstrate how they have measured their carbon footprint. How have they identified their carbon hotspots, plans and what are their actions going forward to minimise greenhouse gas emissions? How do other areas of their environmental impact such as biodiversity and where

carbon sequestration can be improved. Entries are welcome from all farms with any level of environmental foot printing experience.

Category Judge – To be confirmed

SPONSORED BY MOLE VALLEY FARMERS

 

YOUNG DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR

Nomination or self entry

– sponsored by Kite Consulting

Criteria – dairy farmers under the age of 35 may enter.

What are our judges looking for?

This award looks to celebrate young farmers who are playing an active and leading role in their farm business; including both new entrants and those taking on a lead role in existing businesses. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the sustainability and resilience of their business through both their technical dairy farming competency along with sharing details of how their business delivers for people, planet and profit.

Category Judge – Becki Leach, Senior Consultant, Kite Consulting

SPONSORED BY KITE CONSULTING

ORGANIC DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR

Selected from all organic entries this year or you can enter just this category direct

– sponsored by Hi Peak Organic Feeds

Criteria – UK dairy farmers who operate organic dairy enterprises. The organic award seeks to recognise excellence in the rapidly growing organic dairying sector. The judges will also consider organic enterprises that have submitted entries in other categories.

What are our judges looking for?

A showcase organic dairy farm that is demonstrating business success whilst maintaining the highest standards of health & welfare, fertility rates, good aver­age milk yields, staff engagement. Overall, a progressive organic operator.

Category Judges – Simon Bing, Assistant Farm Manager, Daylesford Organic. Graham Tweddle, Director, Acorn Dairy

SPONSORED BY

HI PEAK ORGANIC FEEDS

DAIRY AMBASSADOR OF THE YEAR

Nomination or self entry

– sponsored by National Farmers Union

Criteria – an individual positively promoting UK dairy

What are our judges looking for?

An individual who represents the industry at a national level, is respected by their peers and shows a driving ambition to promote the dairy industry in a positive, creative and successful way to various audiences. The award is spe­cifically for a dairy farmer, but others may be considered if the application is exceptional. The person could be a private individual or represent an organisa­tion or company.

Category Judge – Michael Oakes, Dairy Board Chairman, NFU

SPONSORED BY

NATIONAL FARMERS UNION

YOUNG DAIRY VET OF THE YEAR

Farmer nomination or self entry

– sponsored by Krka

Criteria – UK dairy vet (an individual)

What are our judges looking for?

We want to recognise those farm vets recently started working within the dairy industry: priority to those with 3-5 years in practice. Developing vital skills and services in disease management and mitigation is now seen as big part of the farm vet role, with a focus on herd health planning to maximise health and wellbeing. The winner will have shown: How they provide prac­tical advice to dairy farmers and herdsmen, whilst working in partnership to meet clear production targets as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Good knowledge transfer skills on business and technology developments.

Strong personal communication skills.

Category Judge – Charlotte Read, Farm Key Account Manager, Krka

SPONSORED BY KRKA

HIGH PERFORMANCE DAIRY AWARD

Nomination or self entry

– sponsored by Arla Foods

Criteria – UK dairy producers. Demonstrable measures verified by your records, consultant, vet or other independent member of the industry.

What are our judges looking for?

We are looking for a farm with high levels of production and cost efficiency across the board. Whilst maintaining the highest standards of welfare and a consciousness to minimise the use of antibiotics where possible. The above average all-round performance would be demonstrated by records of good physical performance and excellent financial results represented by year on year low production costs in pence per litre (eg NMR records, or other equivalent) achieved through effective management of all aspects of the dairy enterprise.

Category Judge – Alice Swift, Agriculture Director, Arla Foods

SPONSORED BY

ARLA FOODS

ZERO LAMENESS AWARD

Self-entry or nomination

– sponsored by CowAlert

Criteria – UK Dairy farmers progressively focusing on lameness prevention

What are our judges looking for?

The judges will be looking for an individual who understands the importance of managing lameness both because of its negative impact on animal well-be­ing and also for the associated commercial losses.

They must show a real commitment to reducing lameness in the herd and be able to clearly demonstrate the measures they have taken which have resulted in very low levels of lameness, or even, Zero Lameness.

Judges will particularly be looking for individuals who understand the different causes of lameness and who have developed effective protocols for its

prevention, early detection and treatment.

Category Judge – Dr Nick J Bell MRCVS

SPONSORED BY

COWALERT 

AWARD FOR INNOVATION

Product or business innovation in the dairy chain – self entry

– sponsored by British Dairying

Criteria – companies offering products or services

What are our judges looking for?

Innovation drives the industry forward. Do you or your company have an innovation you think is worthy of an award, one that could benefit from the positive promotion surrounding such a win? This could be a technical innovation aimed at producers or processors, something that aids production efficiency; it could be new medicine, it could be a new concept/new way of thinking – it can also be a food innovation.

Judged by a select farmer group

SPONSORED BY BRITISH DAIRYING

YOUNGSTOCK HEALTH & WELFARE AWARD

Nomination by your farm advisor or farm assurance scheme, or self entry

– sponsored by Buitelaar

Criteria – UK dairy farmers

What are our judges looking for?

The dairy farmer/business that demonstrates proactive health and welfare management of youngstock on farm. The farm herd health plan will be integrated into daily management of the farm, as will the use of records and any initiatives undertaken. A team/inclusive approach in the care of the herd should be demonstrated, with standard protocols for routine tasks, regular team meetings and biosecurity.

Category Judge – Adam Buitelaar, CEO

SPONSORED BY BUITELAAR

HIGH FEED EFFICIENCY AWARD

An award for high feed conversion rates on farm – self entry or nomination

– sponsored by KW Alternative Feeds

Criteria – UK dairy producers, herd managers

What are our judges looking for?

The essential ingredient to a high performance, healthy herd is accurate nutrition. The ability to achieve the optimum balance is the key to driving feed efficiency. Feed selection and profitability go hand in hand – the correct feeding regime makes a significant difference to milk output, milk quality and of course the sustainability of your herd.

Category Judge – Georgie Croxford, Head of Technical Ruminant,

KW Alternative Feeds

SPONSORED BY

KW ALTERNATIVE FEEDS

 

DAIRY MARKETING AWARD

An award for marketing excellence during 2020/2021

Consumer or industry-facing

– Nomination or self-entry

Criteria – any business or individual working in the dairy food chain

What are our judges looking for?

Stand out marketing should speak for itself. It should not be creative for creative’s sake, it must be effective, it must deliver what it promises, it must successfully show that it reaches the aims of those that devised the campaign this can include new product marketing and branding, or marketing materi­als/creative, marketing campaigns/tactical elements, marketing initiatives, or marketing distribution successes. Marketing a product or service in the UK dairy industry.

Judged by the Senior Judging panel

TASTE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

Taste testing of products at

Morrisons Supermarkets

Criteria – entries from the food industry – farm or processor

– taste tested by food experts and senior product buyers

What are our judges looking for?

We will be asking for entries from the dairy industry, from which we will select 20 companies to send dairy products through for taste testing. These include: milk, protein products, yoghurts, ice creams, butter and cheese, and we will choose a winner in each category based on the look, feel and ‘tasting quality’ on the day.

Judged by Morrisons Supermarkets buying team

SPONSORED BY MORRISONS SUPERMARKETS

MILK SHAKERS 2021

Milk Shakers – nominate someone you know today

 NOMINATE NOW  

Who’s been Shaking things up in the past 12 months? Britain-wide we’ll search for unsung heros quietly educating the public about good quality food, quietly getting on with their job, filling in the gaps in the food chain, delivering this vital commodity, or innovating new ideas for the benefit of the industry.

The campaign will extend till May 2022 so keep those nominations coming.

SPONSORED BY VOLAC INTERNATIONAL 

Judges - SENIOR JUDGING PANEL

Séan Rickard, Business Economist and Company Director

Former NFU Chief Economist, Director of Cranfield MBA programme and government advisor. Sean now runs Sean Rickard Ltd providing independent economic analysis primarily relating to the food industry. He is also Chair of First Milk’s Members Committee.

David Cotton, Dairy Farmer

David farms in Somerset with 250 dairy cows and 350 youngstock. He is Chairman of The Dairy Show at Shepton Mallet and is a Strategic Dairy Farm for AHDB Dairy. David has lifelong experience in the dairy industry and is a great advocate for the ongoing training and development of everyone in the sector.

Mike King – RABDF

Mike King and his brother Chris run the Kingspool Holstein herd at Two Pools Farm in Iron Acton, Gloucestershire, alongside their herd manager Colin Robertson. With the herd established almost 100 years ago, and now numbering 700 year-round calving cows averaging 13,515 litres per cow, the team maintains a tight hold on welfare. Previous Cream Award and Gold Cup winners.

Neil Baker, Dairy Farmer

Haselbury Plucknett is a family farming company who have been milking and caring for dairy cows for over 90 years, Neil has been running the dairy herd management side of the business for over 25 years with a herd of 2000 milking cows plus replacement heifers. He has focused on constant improvement of herd performance with the analysis and use of herd data. He regularly holds visits on the farm from milk buyer, retailers, politicians, farmer groups, consumer groups, schools as well as taking part in Open Farm Sunday. Multiple accolades from the Cream Awards, RABDF Gold Cup 2015, Tesco TSDG Farmer 2017.

Rob Drysdale MRCVS MBIAC NSch

Rob founded Westpoint Farmvets in 2000, including farmacy.co.uk growing to almost national coverage with 60 vets and 120

employees. After undertaking a Nuffield Scholarship in 2014 he now works as a specialist consultant to farms across the UK and beyond, and as an advisor to industry whilst still keeping his ‘arm in’ as a farm vet. His main areas of expertise are whole farm business audits, youngstock health and milk quality.