WORLD WIDE Sires has been announced as the new sponsor of the Louise Hartley Award.

Holstein Young Breeders launched the award two years ago to honour Ms Hartley, a passionate Holstein breeder and dedicated Lancashire Club member, after she lost her battle to cancer.

Coming aboard this initiative, World Wide Sires will now be sending the winner of the 2019 award to its global training centre in Washington State on a practical training course.

Mike Halliwell of World Wire Sires commented: “We are delighted to be sponsoring the Louise Hartley Award and to be supporting the Hartley family in recognising the passion and talent shown by Louise. The Louise Hartley Memorial Fund was set up to give a youngster with an interest in agriculture the chance to further their career. The prize we have put forward for the 2019 winner will give them an insightful tour of our Global Training Centre in Washington State and see the latest developments in Artificial Insemination and dairy management.”

To qualify for the Louise Hartley Award, each affiliated HYB Club is given the opportunity to nominate one young breeder, aged between 18 and 22 years of age or under on January 1, to be considered. The person selected to represent the club should be someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the breed, HYB and, in particular, their own club. The regional HYB club coordinators then vote on behalf of their club for the person – not from their own club – who they think is the most deserving winner. The winner will be announced and the award presented at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show in Peterborough on October 19 and 20.

HYB coordinator Cerys Petrie added: “HYB is privileged to have World Wide Sires as sponsors of this award that celebrates the life of Louise. The 2019 nomination process is now open and we look forward to announcing the winner at the ABAB Calf Show. The trip of a lifetime, to the World Wide Sires Global Training Centre in Washington State, will provide the winner with a great learning experience.”