Rachel wins with attitude, knowledge, willingness to learn
Rachel Churches won the top prize in the Somerset Dairy Careers Awards this year.
There were six winners in different categories, and Rachel, from Godney, near Wells, went on to take the top slot.
The judges felt that due to Rachel's attitude, knowledge, willingness to adapt and learn, she was: "a fantastic ambassador to young people and the industry and a very worthy winner."
Rachel said: "I am thrilled about winning. It has opened up a vast amount of opportunities, including gaining two work-experience placements. I am looking forward to this – and without the Somerset Dairy Careers Awards I'm sure this wouldn't have been possible."
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The other category award winners were Alice Hannon, of Wellington, Jack Smiles, of Frome, Thomas Woolacott, of Glastonbury, Henry Rossiter, of Bristol, and Matthew Woollaston, of Wiveliscombe.
The awards, aimed at highlighting the work of young people and employers in the dairy industry in Somerset, were promoted by Mole Valley Farmers and organised by the Somerset Dairy Careers Project.
The Dairy Employer Award was presented to Joe and Rachel Horler from Maundrils Farm, Highbridge, for their help and support in getting young people to start a career in the dairy industry.
Mr Horler said: "It has been great to be involved and we were delighted to win the employer's award. We hope to continue promoting dairy in different ways. If you enjoy what you do it is easy and rewarding to share that enthusiasm with others."