Nominations are invited for an award dedicated to one of the livestock industry’s most respected figures.

Harrison & Hetherington will again be presenting the David Thomlinson Lifetime Achievement Award to someone recognised for their commitment, success and accomplishment within livestock farming.

Inaugurated in 2021, the aim of this award is to acknowledge a person who, like David himself, has a passion for the future success of the industry and is an inspiration to others.

Nominations, which will be judged by Sheila Thomlinson, David’s wife, and a panel of specially chosen individuals, are now being accepted and will close on Friday, September 29.

Last year’s winner was Cumbrian farmer John Hall, of Inglewood Edge Farm, whose nomination outlined his commitment to helping others succeed, as well as paving the way for young people to secure the future of the industry and the breeds he cares so deeply about.

John Hall receiving the David Thomlinson Award from Sheila Thomlinson in 2022

John Hall receiving the David Thomlinson Award from Sheila Thomlinson in 2022

James Little, H & H pedigree sales manager and auctioneer, and a great friend of David, said: “David is remembered across the entire livestock industry and it is our privilege to continue David’s legacy through this award.

“Since it was initiated, we have had two very worthy recipients and we know going forward that this presentation will become one of the highlights of the Borderway Agri Expo programme.”

John Hall is the second winner of the David Thomlinson award, after Nottinghamshire farmer, John Gent, was awarded the inaugural accolade in 2021.

The award will be presented by Sheila at Borderway Agri Expo, which takes place at the Borderway Exhibition Centre in Carlisle on Friday, October 27.

To make a nomination, send a brief resumé about the nominee to The David Thomlinson Award, c/o Mrs C Charlton, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Borderway Mart, Rosehill, Carlisle CA1 2RS, or by email to with the name of the award in the subject line.

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