Awards can grow busi­ness

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

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.

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