Awards can grow business
Entering the 2014 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards is one way aspiring dairy farmers can progress in the industry and grow their business.
That is the message from 2013 New Zealand Sharemilker/ Equity Farmers of the Year Don and Jess Moore.
The Southland sharemilkers said those keen to emulate their success should foster relationships and use the tools available – such as entering the dairy awards – to progress in the industry.
Mr Moore said the awards had been a great tool to grow their dairy farm business.
He said the win had boosted their confidence and provided them with opportunities.
‘‘We are looking at opportunities for next season that we thought we might look at in three years’ time, but they have been brought forward by our win.’’
These include buying the rest of their herd and entering an equity partnership.
‘‘Winning the financial award helped us with the bank. We always had a good relationship with the bank but it gave them the confidence that we are doing what we say we are doing.’’
Mrs Moore also urged people to work on relationships with staff, farm owners, contractors, and as a couple.
‘‘Our young staff have been excited by our win, as it demonstrates to them a pathway to achieve their own farming goals.’’
A record 566 people entered the 2013 awards and organisers hope a similar number will enter in 2014.
Visit dairyindustryawards.co.nz for more information or to enter.
Entries close on December 20.