Process cuts paper, favours technology

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

En­tries are now be­ing ac­cepted in the 2011 New Zealand Dairy In­dus­try Awards – the New Zealand Sharemilker/Eq­uity Farmer of the Year, New Zealand Farm Man­ager of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year.

In a first for the awards, na­tional con­vener Chris Keep­ing says all en­tries will be com­pleted on­line at www.dairyin­dus­

‘‘We’ve al­ready an­nounced sig­nif­i­cant changes to some of our com­pe­ti­tions this year to en­sure they re­main as fair and open to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble. The change to on­line en­try re­flects the need to keep up with technology and be savvier in the way we op­er­ate. Let’s face it; no one likes piles of pa­per­work these days!’’ he said.

Mrs Keep­ing says on­line en­try has been avail­able for the past two years and the num­ber of en­trants en­ter­ing on­line had in­creased markedly dur­ing that pe­riod – from about 20 per cent to more than 60 per cent.

‘‘We were ini­tially concerned some po­ten­tial en­trants may not be able to ac­cess the in­ter­net or be com­fort­able with com­plet­ing their en­try on­line but our com­pe­ti­tion con­venors, spon­sors and or­gan­is­ers are unan­i­mous that on­line en­try of­fers huge ben­e­fits,’’ she said.

‘‘Ev­ery­one will go out of the way to en­sure peo­ple who want to en­ter the awards will be able to do so, on­line. We have made it as easy as pos­si­ble.’’

The New Zealand Dairy In­dus­try Awards are sup­ported by na­tional spon­sors West­pac, DairyNZ, Eco­lab, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers, Fon­terra, Honda Mo­tor­cy­cles NZ, LIC, Merid­ian En­ergy, Ravens­down and RD1, along with in­dus­try part­ner Agri­cul­ture ITO.

Mrs Keep­ing says en­trants first en­ter one of 12 re­gional com­pe­ti­tions be­ing held around the coun­try. The three win­ners from each of those re­gional com­pe­ti­tions will then progress to the na­tional fi­nal, which will be held in Queen­stown in May next year.

More than 500 peo­ple en­tered the awards in 2010.

More in­for­ma­tion on the awards can be found at www.dairyin­dus­

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