Strong early en­tries in dairy awards

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about -

There are less than three weeks to go un­til en­tries close in the 2016 Waikato Dairy In­dus­try Awards.

Re­gional man­ager Aaron Price says the re­gion has re­ceived 32 en­tries to date in the re­gion’s Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Man­ager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year com­pe­ti­tions. En­tries close on Novem­ber 30. ‘‘Our launch event last month on DairyNZ’s Scott Farm pro­vided a great op­por­tu­nity for peo­ple to learn about some of the lat­est on-farm re­search ac­tiv­i­ties and how en­ter­ing the awards can ben­e­fit and re­ward them pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally,’’ Price said.

‘‘We told them about the sig­nif­i­cant changes that have been made to the com­pe­ti­tions this year with new en­try names.’’

He said the changes af­fect all three com­pe­ti­tions and have been made to en­able more peo­ple to en­ter the awards pro­gramme and to make the com­pe­ti­tions more even.

Those that en­ter the awards by mid­night on Novem­ber 20 and pro­ceed through judg­ing will be el­i­gi­ble for the Early Bird En­try Prize Draw of travel vouch­ers and spend­ing money.

There are three prize draws – one for early en­trants in each com­pe­ti­tion – and $15,000 in vouch­ers and money to give away.

Visit www.dairyin­dus­tryawards.co.nz for more in­for­ma­tion about the com­pe­ti­tions.

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