A DETERMINED and passionate young farmer who has been helping to improve best practice in sheep farming has been nominated for an award in this year’s Three Counties Farming Awards.

Imi Manning has been back working on the family farm in Herefordshire for the last two years after graduating from Harper Adams University.

During her studies, she also spent 12 months working on a dairy farm in New Zealand where she learnt key skills in the management of pasture.

Belmont Farm And Equine Vets, who nominated Imi for the Young Farmer of the Year award, said: “Her focus on improving best practice has lead to improved conception rates and lambing percentage. Imi also manages the calf rearing enterprise producing approximately 600 calves a year.

“Her eye for detail and skilled stockmanship practice has been a main factor in the continued success of the enterprise which is currently expanding to accommodate up to 1000 calves.

“Imi’s hard work, determination, passion for stock and interaction with others in the industry locally and globally has had and continues to have a positive impact on the family farming business, concluding with her becoming a partner in the business this year and makes her a worthy nomination.

“Imi is also a keen member of young farmers currently the chairman of Ledbury and on the county committee.”

Awards entries are invited from across Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.

To nominate yourself, or someone else, visit www.herefordtimes.com/awards/tcf