A YOUNG farmer from Chester has ploughed his way to a regional award for a second consecutive year.
Luke Mason, who works for dairy farmers in Rushton, near Tarporley, earned the runner-up prize at the North West Learner Awards.
Last year, 19-year-old Luke earned the apprentice of the year award at Reaseheath College in South Cheshire, where he is studying for his advanced national certificate in mixed farming.
Proud employer Rob Hodgson, who runs the Rushton farm with his brother Phil, said: “Luke is a star. He works extremely hard, both at his workplace and at college, and he is an inspiration to all of us.”
Luke, who is now following a career as a herdsman, received his award from Falklands war veteran Simon Weston OBE at the college’s graduation ceremony, attended by more than 100 apprentices.
He received his runner-up prize in the personal achiever category at the event organised by the Cheshire and Warrington Learning and Skills Council.
Also in the awards was Ed Atkin, an apprentice herdsman from Oulton Park, who claimed the prize for the best agricultural project.
Seventeen-year-old Ed works for his parents, Chris and Isobel Atkin, on their dairy farm at Darley Hall.