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Nominations open for Dairy Industry ‘Woman of the Year Award’

Women in Dairy, which runs 14 discussion groups around the country, is inviting nominations for any female working in the industry at any level for this new award.

Nominees should show the values to connect, share or inspire and should;

  • Connect through social media, local discussion groups or with the public on Open Farm Sunday or local schools.
  • Share experience with younger generation, someone from another part of the industry, or an apprentice.
  • Inspire others with their positivity or attitude or to try something new.

The winner will be announced at the annual Women in Dairy conference on 20 September at Sixways Stadium, Worcester and all nominees will be invited to attend.

Di Wastenage, an RABDF council member and dairy farmer who has also been newly appointed patron, will present the award alongside Neil Wilson from conference principal sponsor HSBC.

Mrs Wastenage said “Recognising and rewarding success is something that Women in Dairy is passionate about and this new award will celebrate female achievements in our industry.”

How to nominate

To nominate someone, download a form here and return to Emily Egan at RABDF by email to womenindairy@rabdf.co.uk 

The conference will include presentations on insights into the current global milk market and accessing finance, delivered by a stellar line-up including CEO of First Milk Shelagh Hancock and head of agriculture at the Co-op Ciara Gorst.

The event, will also feature HSBC’s head of agriculture Neil Wilson alongside agriculture manager Denise Llewellyn. Staffordshire dairy farmer Lucy Muir will give her experience of juggling a successful business and young family. Paul Harris of Real Success and family farm facilitator Sian Bushell complete the programme with short workshops on communication and succession respectively.

Andy Hipwell, regional agriculture director at HSBC, says the bank recognises the pivotal role played by women in dairy farming and the lack of opportunity many have for personal development. “We are pleased to support an event which tackles some of the most thorny issues in the sector today – communication, succession, finance and market opportunities.”

Get tickets online at  www.womenindairy.co.uk or call RABDF on 02476 639 317

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