Our top finalists in dairy awards
Matamata dairy farmers are among those who have been described as an ‘‘impressive quality of finalists’’ in the 2017 Waikato Dairy Industry Awards.
Contract milkers Glenn van Heuven and Georgie Cameron, Jason and Jessica Brown are among the finalists for Sharemilker of the Year, and Zoe Reichardt is up for the Waikato Dairy Trainee of the Year.
Awards regional manager Jade Millner said it was exciting when judges visited farms of entrants in the Waikato Share Farmer of the Year and Waikato Farm Manager of the Year competitions.
‘‘The calibre of entrants this year is excellent, with a mixed bag of entrants coming from all across the Waikato. The judges have been very impressed with the quality of entrants and the pride, passion and dedication they are showing towards their properties and dairy industry as a whole.’’
Judges spent two hours on the Share Farmer entrants’ farms and one and a half hours with Dairy Manager entrants and a new team of judges from Taranaki will revisit the Waikato entrants to undertake the final round of judging.
The judges are looking for entrants who are maximising the resource available on their properties, as well as how they are growing themselves and their businesses.
The Dairy Trainee judging is a little different, as the entrants undertake an interview and practical skills module at local Farm Source stores.
The Waikato region received 51 entries in total, including 16 competing in the Waikato Share Farmer of the Year, 13 entered in the Waikato Dairy Manager of the Year and 22 entered in the Wai- kato Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions.
Winners set to be announced at a dinner at Mystery Creek on March 10. Tickets cost $85 and can be purchased online at www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz
The three Waikato title winners will all progress to the national finals to be held at the Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, on May 6. Before they head away to celebrate, a Field Day will be held on the Share Farmer winner’s farm on Thursday, March 23 at 10.30am.
Jessica and Jason Brown from Matamata, Sharemilker of the Year finalists.
Georgie Cameron and Glenn van Heuven are contesting the Sharemilker of the Year title.