Our top fi­nal­ists in dairy awards

Matamata Chronicle - - Out & About - STAFF RE­PORTERS

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.

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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.

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