Dairy in­dus­try fi­nal­ist named

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The fi­nal­ists for the 2017 Auck­land Hau­raki Dairy In­dus­try Awards have been named.

The win­ners are set to be an­nounced at the re­gional awards din­ner at Pukekohe on March 9.

Awards re­gional man­ager Rose­marie Costar said it had been an ex­cit­ing time when judges vis­ited the farms of en­trants in the Auck­land Hau­raki Share Farmer of the Year, Farm Man­ager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year com­pe­ti­tions.

‘‘As re­gional man­ager it is so ex­cit­ing to have en­trants show­case their busi­ness to the judges and demon­strate their prac­ti­cal skills. The judges have been very im­pressed with the qual­ity of en­trants and the pride, pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion they are show­ing to­wards their prop­er­ties and dairy in­dus­try as a whole.’’

Judges spent two hours on the Share Farmer en­trants’ farms and one and a half hours with dairy man­ager en­trants.

‘‘The judges are look­ing for en­trants who are max­imis­ing the re­source avail­able to them on their prop­er­ties, as well as how they are grow­ing them­selves and their busi­nesses to­wards their next farm­ing, per­sonal or busi­ness goal.’’

The Dairy Trainee judg­ing in­volves en­trants un­der­tak­ing a 30 minute in­ter­view and 30 minute prac­ti­cal skills mo­d­ule with a panel of judges. The three Auck­land Hau­raki ti­tle win­ners will all progress to the na­tional fi­nals at the Sky City Con­ven­tion Cen­tre, Auck­land, on May 6.

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