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Award recognises lifetime of dedication and service

August 1, 2017 by  
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DickStapleton

Western Holstein Club honorary life member Dick Stapleton is the recipient of this year’s Holstein UK Lifetime Achievement Award.

Presented by Holstein UK trustees, the accolade recognises individuals who have provided outstanding service to the Holstein breed and through doing so have made remarkable contribution to the society.

The award is presented to a farmer, herdsman or any other person involved with Holstein Friesian breed. Mr Stapleton, of Market Drayton, Shropshire, is the backbone of setting up Holstein shows at national and regional levels – including the UK Dairy Day event.

To receive the award, nominees must have at least 20 years’ service to the Holstein breed. They must also be nominated by a member of Holstein UK and then be approved by a panel of judges consisting of the Holstein UK president, chairman and NED of show and sales.

Nominator John Edge said: “Dick’s endless enthusiasm for the black and white breed has been an integral part of his life. Throughout his life long association with the breed, Dick has always been approachable and helpful, and he is a real credit to our industry.”

Mr Stapleton started out working in Lincolnshire at Kesteven Agricultural College, progressing to Messrs Newtown at Saltby. He worked as a semen seller at CBS before becoming a field development officer with Holstein UK.

Mr Edge said: “He has never ceased to promote the breed to anyone who would listen. His FDO work on the grading up scheme provided an ideal opportunity for him to dispense his knowledge to the younger generation.”

Mr Stapleton’s long involvement with breed society shows started at the North Western Dairy Show at Bingley Hall. His expertise is relied upon at the UK Dairy Day event and the All-Breed Calf Show at Malvern, Worcestershire.

Western Holstein Club chairman Graham Dimelow said: “When I need advice, Dick is someone that I can naturally turn to. I cannot think of a more obviously deserving recipient for the lifetime achievement award as Dick has indeed devoted his life to the breed and the society.”

Holstein UK chairman Andrew Birkle said Mr Stapleton was a shining example to aspiring members and breeders. “As a characteristically modest man who is always willing to help and share knowledge, Holstein UK would like to congratulate and applaud his success.”

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