Waikato has most entrants
The Waikato region received the most entries for the Dairy Industry Awards with 58 in total and four of those are from Matamata.
Despite this, the competition’s general manager, Chris Keeping, said entry numbers, 452, were down on the 539 received last year and were the lowest received since 2010.
Nationally there were 119 entered in the Share Farmer of the Year competition, 164 entered in the Dairy Manager of the Year competition and 169 entered in the Dairy Trainee of the Year competition.
Judging was under way in the 11 regional competitions of the 2016 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year, New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of Year competitions.
The judging process for entrants in the Share Farmer and Dairy Manager contest involved teams of three judges making onfarm visits.
‘‘These visits can be really useful in helping the entrants to identify opportunities and gain an insight to where improvements can be made,’’ Keeping said.
The awards dinner will be held at Mystery Creek on March 16 and the winners will move on to the national finals in May.