Peter Hollinshead, editor of Dairy Farmer, is this year’s winner of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ Netherthorpe Award. The award is presented annually to the member of the Guild who has made an outstanding and sustained contribution to agricultural communications.

It is judged from nominations made by members who identify someone who has contributed to the dissemination of knowledge and understanding about agriculture in its widest sense, over a number of years.

Peter has spent most of his working life as an agricultural journalist and, as his nominee said, he has ‘earned a reputation as a skilled and tenacious operator with an incisive line of questioning and an ability to place his interviewees under the closest scrutiny in the most good-humoured way. The resulting articles can be relied upon to be impartial, accurate, challenging, pertinent and up-to-date’.

Peter began his career as a production assistant with Livestock Farming before climbing the ranks to become the magazine’s editor. He then moved on to the newly launched Farming News as technical editor, then deputy editor.

He became editor of Dairy Farmer in 2002 and in that role launched the renowned ‘Speakers Corner’ live discussion forum at the Livestock Event before moving it to the Bath & West Dairy Show, where it draws large crowds of participants and attracts leading opinion-formers.