Waikato has most en­trants

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - ABBY BROWN

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.

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