A successful Holstein breeder from Wyuna has been recognised for her outstanding contribution by Holstein Australia.
Liz Clowes from Lauriston Holsteins was awarded Honorary Lifetime Membership of the Victorian branch.
Another Victorian, David Johnston from Boorcan in the Western District, was also awarded the same honour.
They were named at Holstein Australia’s Victorian branch celebratory dinner held in Bendigo on July 4.
Both members were recognised for contributing above and beyond the call of duty over many years of involvement with the association.
In congratulating the recipients, Holstein Australia chief executive officer Graeme Gillan said the awards were an important recognition of the thousands of hours of time volunteered by members to keep the spirit of the association alive.
‘‘Breed societies such as Holstein Australia are best known in rural communities for showcasing cattle, encouraging youth and providing a forum for friendship and support.
‘‘It is the volunteers who make these things happen, and our organisation would be soul-less without them,’’ he said.
Ms Clowes is perhaps best known for her passion for promoting the Holstein breed in a variety of roles across the decades.
She was a youth camp volunteer for many years, always willing to share her knowledge and encourage young members.
As a cattle photographer, she was a regular face at sales, shows and sub-branch events where she provided photos and articles for the media. She shared her skills generously, giving demonstrations at field days and industry events on how to photograph cows.
She voluntarily supported Holstein Australia field officer Brian Vallence with the CheckMate program and designing displays for field days. Eventually she took on the formal role of promotions officer, representing the Holstein breed at field days and industry events.
Ms Clowes has also been actively involved with the Northern Victorian sub-branch for more than 20 years. As Victorian branch secretary for the past 19 years she has co-ordinated countless events, meetings, youth exchanges and IDW Youth Challenges.
In nominating Ms Clowes for Honorary Lifetime Membership, Northern Victoria state branch delegate Geoff Horrocks acknowledged her quiet and dependable contribution, a dedication he said arose from pure devotion and love of the black and white breed.