Hol­i­day home­work may pay off in dairy awards

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En­trants who used their sum­mer hol­i­day to pre­pare for the 2016 New Zealand Dairy In­dus­try Awards could have an ad­van­tage, say or­gan­is­ers.

The awards, which over­see the Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Man­ager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year com­pe­ti­tions, re­ceived 452 en­tries prior to Christ­mas.

In the Waikato, pre­lim­i­nary judg­ing for Dairy Trainee of the Year is on Fe­bru­ary 9-11, with fi­nal judg­ing on Fe­bru­ary 22.

Pre­lim­i­nary judg­ing for Dairy Man­ager of the Year is from Fe­bru­ary 16-18 and fi­nal judg­ing on March 1-3.

The same dates will be used in the Share Farmer of the Year cat­e­gory.

Gen­eral man­ager Chris Keep­ing said judges spend two hours on-arm with en­trants in the share farmer com­pe­ti­tion and one-and-a-half hours with en­trants in the dairy man­ager con­test.

There is no on-farm judg­ing com­po­nent in the dairy trainee com­pe­ti­tion.

In­stead, en­trants par­tic­i­pate in a short prac­ti­cal ses­sion cov­er­ing ev­ery-day farm­ing tasks and an in­ter­view.

The Waikato re­gional awards din­ner is on March 16 at Mys­tery Creek. All 33 re­gional win­ners will progress to a na­tional fi­nal in Welling­ton on May 14. In my opin­ion there may be a re­quire­ment for land own­ers to go through a re­gional govern­ment con­sent process, to farm pas­toral land.

Dairy and Sheep and Beef farm­ing busi­nesses in our district should take more than a pass­ing in­ter­est in re­cent an­nounce­ments.

In short, the time line for Healthy Rivers: Plan for Change/Wai Ora: He Rau­taki Whaka­paipai has been ex­tended by a cou­ple of months.

A pro­posed plan change will now go to Waikato Re­gional Coun­cil for adop­tion on 30 June 2016, rather than in late April.

The Col­lab­o­ra­tive Stake­holder Group (CSG) are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing the high­est qual­ity out­put and the best pos­si­ble out­come for the rivers and for the peo­ple and sec­tors who de­pend on them for their liveli­hoods. This change mu­nity and sec­tor feed­back and to en­gage with their sec­tors once again in Fe­bru­ary 2016.

The pro­ject part­ners and the CSG ap­pre­ci­ate that po­ten­tially af­fected peo­ple are wait­ing to know what is ex­pected of them and their busi­nesses. Key dates in the amended time­line:

to Fe­bru­ary 2016 CSG uses com­mu­nity and sec­tor feed­back to help form their rec­om­mended so­lu­tions (pol­icy op­tions).

Novem­ber

9 May 2016

2015

CSG rec­om­mends pol­icy mix to Healthy Rivers Wai Ora com­mit­tee.

3 March 2016

CSG con­firms their rec­om­men­da­tion on the pro­posed plan change to be no­ti­fied

Healthy

17 June 2016

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