Holiday homework may pay off in dairy awards
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).
9 May 2016
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
17 June 2016