Being a dairy farmer can prove especially challenging faced with downward pressure on milk prices, rising costs and disease threats.

Despite this, the top farmers are managing to grow their profitable businesses and are continually improving herd performance.

The search is now on to find this year’s top dairy farmer in the Farmers Weekly Awards, and recognise their achievements.

Currently holding the title is Hugh McClymont, the research farm manager at Crichton Royal Farm, Dumfries.

Under the watchful eye of the industry and researchers, Mr McClymont and his team deliver dairying excellence while also conducting vital research for Scotland’s Rural College.

Commenting on his win, Mr McClymont says: “Winning the award was the proudest moment of my working life, to receive this recognition in this amazing industry was fantastic.

“And there was the added bonus of my family being present at the spectacular awards ceremony, which was a life-long memory for all.”

See more on this: Read about the Farmers Weekly Awards 2014

In 2012, it was Northern Ireland’s Thomas Steele who impressed judges with his use and understanding of technology, an impressive business plan for growth and herd performance figures.

Anyone can enter – it doesn’t matter what production method (fully housed or extensive grazing) or the size of your herd. We’re simply looking for excellence in farming.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to win, enter by visiting awards.fwi.co.uk and filling in the form.

Alternatively, if you know a dairy farmer who deserves recognition, there is the option to nominate them. The deadline for entries is 30 April.