Dairy awards are good for careers Matamata entries needed
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.