Dairy awards are good for ca­reers Mata­mata en­tries needed

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Or­gan­is­ers of the 2015 Waikato Dairy In­dus­try Awards are en­cour­ag­ing more Mata­mata dairy farm­ers who are keen to progress their ca­reer in the in­dus­try to en­ter this year’s awards.

So far the or­gan­is­ers have re­ceived just a hand­ful of en­tries from Mata­mata lo­cals – one en­trant in the sharemilker cat­e­gory, three in the farm man­ager cat­e­gory and two in the dairy trainee cat­e­gory.

Re­gional man­agers Michelle and An­drew McPher­son said they def­i­nitely need more en­tries from Mata­mata.

En­tries are be­ing ac­cepted on­line at dairyin­dus­try awards.co.nz.

‘‘We held a re­ally suc­cess­ful launch event at AgRe­search’s Tokanui Re­search Farm last month and there seemed to be a lot of in­ter­est in en­ter­ing the awards, but time is run­ning out,’’ Michelle said.

A to­tal of 43 en­tries from the Waikato had been re­ceived by Novem­ber 17, in­clud­ing six en­tries in the sharemilker/eq­uity farmer contest, 14 in the farm man­ager contest and 23 in the dairy trainee com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘We re­ally need more en­trants in the highly rep­utable sharemilker com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘I can’t re­it­er­ate enough how valu­able en­ter­ing the awards can be and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that may open for mo­ti­vated and pas­sion­ate peo­ple want­ing to step up or ex­pand.’’

Michelle said meet­ing the other en­trants, spon­sors and or­gan­is­ers also makes en­ter­ing worth­while.

‘‘En­tries are clos­ing ear­lier this year, so it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple act quickly if they are in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing one of the com­pe­ti­tions.’’ All en­tries close on Novem­ber 30.

Michelle said all en­trants will re­ceive com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to the Waikato Re­gional Dairy In­dus­try Awards din­ner at the Claude­lands Event Cen­tre in Hamil­ton on March 6, 2015.

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