A PASSIONATE young Holstein breeder has been selected as a finalist for the Holstein UK President’s Medal Award.

Rachel Williamson, whose family farm at Inglewood House, Calthwaite, near Penrith, is one of three ambitious members of Holstein Young Breeders (HYB) to have made the final.

Rachel, who has won numerous awards, is a member of the Border & Lakeland HYB.

The President’s Medal is awarded to a HYB member who has made an outstanding contribution to the breed, Holstein Young Breeders and, in particular, their own Club. The finalists will attend the Semex International Dairy Conference in January where the overall winner will be announced.

The ultimate winner of this most coveted and prestigious title will receive an engraved President’s Medal from the Holstein UK President, alongside a visit to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto in November 2022, courtesy of Semex. Each of the three finalists will also receive a memento to commemorate their achievement.

The entry process began as each Club was asked to nominate one young breeder aged between 18 and 26 years of age. Six young breeders were shortlisted for Zoom interviews with the panel of judges, consisting of Holstein UK President John Jamieson, Semex representative Rodger Mather and 2017 President’s Medal winner Helen Eastham representing Holstein UK.

To be considered for the award, entrants were asked to write and submit an essay titled “The Time is Now to address climate change. As the future of the industry, share your vision of what a sustainable dairy operation should look like.”

Mr Jamieson said “It was an extremely hard decision to shortlist down to our three finalists but they showed a great depth of knowledge through their essays and following the interviews, I am reassured that the future of our dairy industry is in great hands.”