Bill Allen Memorial Award launched

Date Published: 18/07/2007

A new award has been launched in memory of OF&G director Bill Allen.

Bill Allen, whose work inspired the new award
Bill Allen, whose work inspired the new award

Created jointly by OF&G and the Organic Livestock Marketing Co-operative (OLMC), where Bill worked as an advisor, the award is aimed at beef and sheep producers who are members of either or both organisations.

For many years Bill was an authority on organic livestock and put endless energy and time into advising producers on increasing the profitability of their farms.

Since he passed away in September 2005 many farmers have continued to express their appreciation of his input into their businesses and of his genuine and trustworthy personality.

To recognise this important contribution to the industry OF&G and OLMC have created the Bill Allen Memorial Award.

This year the winner will be chosen from a written application entitled:

“Where do you think the future of organic farming is going and what on-farm preparations are you making or planning to meet that challenge?”

Richard Thompson, Chairman of OF&G and long time friend of Bill, said: “Bill was a practical person, who never really put pen to paper, and we are sure it would bring a smile to his face that this year’s annual award will be selected from a written application!”

The winner of the competition will receive a cheque for £500 plus an engraved glass tankard.

There will be one winning entry, to be judged after the closing date of 30th September, 2007.

The rules of the competition are:
– Entrants must be a member of either OF&G or OLMC;
– Entrants must be an organic or converting beef and/or sheep producer;
– Entries should be no longer than 1,000 words;
– Extra pictures and tables may be included;
– Entries can be either by post or email;
– The closing date for entries is September 30, 2007;
– The winner will be notified by 30th November, 2007;
– OF&G and OLMC reserve the right to use the winner in publicity activities.

More information on the competition can be obtained from Richard Jacobs at OF&G on 01743 440512 or Ralph Human at OLMC on 01409 281365.

Entries should be sent to OF&G by either of the following methods:

Email: info@organicfarmers.org.uk with subject line ‘Bill Allen Memorial Award’
Post: Bill Allen Memorial Award, Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd, Elim Centre, Lancaster Road, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 3LE.