Dairy awards re­ward en­trants with bike draw

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

More than 160 en­trants in the 2013 New Zealand Dairy In­dus­try Awards are in with a chance to take home a Honda Duster XR125 farm bike.

Three of the bikes, val­ued at $4000, will be drawn from those who en­ter ei­ther the New Zealand Sharemilker/Eq­uity Farmer of the Year, New Zealand Farm Man­ager of the Year or the New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year con­test on­line at dairyin­dus­try awards.co.nz be­fore De­cem­ber 1. One bike will be given away to ear­lybird en­trants in each con­test.

Na­tional con­vener Chris Keep- ing said it was the sec­ond year the awards had been able to pro­vide the gen­er­ous in­cen­tive for peo­ple to en­ter the com­pe­ti­tions early.

‘‘Right now, we’ve got about 50 en­tries in each of the com­pe­ti­tions so there are pretty good odds for peo­ple to win one of th­ese bikes.’’

Mrs Keep­ing says en­trants also have the op­por­tu­nity to win great prizes on of­fer by each of the 12 re­gions host­ing com­pe­ti­tions around the coun­try. The re­gional win­ners can then win fur­ther prizes in the na­tional fi­nals.

‘‘ The fab­u­lous as­pect of the dairy in­dus­try awards is past win- ners all say that the other in­tan­gi­ble ben­e­fits gained from en­ter­ing the awards pro­vide the best prize.

‘‘Past en­trants and win­ners all talk about the op­por­tu­ni­ties gained to net­work and meet with other mo­ti­vated farm­ers and ru­ral pro­fes­sion­als, as well as gain­ing feed­back on how they can lift their farm busi­ness per­for­mance to take the next step in their dairy­ing ca­reer.

‘‘It is also amaz­ing to see the in­creased con­fi­dence and self­es­teem that comes from en­ter­ing the awards and pro­gress­ing through the judg­ing process.’’

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 AgITO.

Since en­tries opened at the be­gin­ning of Novem­ber, 168 en­tries have been re­ceived, in­clud­ing 47 in the sharemilker/ eq­uity farmer con­test, 55 in the farm man­ager con­test and 66 in the dairy trainee con­test. For a large pro­por­tion of the early en­tries, it is their first time en­ter­ing the awards – 123 are en­ter­ing for the first time.

Taranaki is lead­ing in the sharemilker/eq­uity farmer con­test with eight en­tries, North­land has the most farm man­ager en­tries with 10, and the Waikato and Can­ter­bury/North Otago re­gions have both re­ceived 10 en­tries in the dairy trainee con­test.

Visit dairyin­dus­tryawards.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion and to en­ter. En­tries close on De­cem­ber 20.

There are some con­di­tions on el­i­gi­bil­ity for the ear­lybird en­try prize draw.

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