Farm­ers urged to en­ter awards

Call to con­tinue legacy of suc­cess

South Waikato News - - WEDDINGS - By JEREMY SMITH

The call has gone out to South Waikato farm­ers to carry on their legacy of past suc­cess and en­ter this year’s re­vamped New Zealand Dairy In­dus­try Awards com­pe­ti­tion.

With en­tries in the 2011 Dairy In­dus­try Awards open next Mon­day, Novem­ber 1, Waikato con­vener and 2008 com­pe­ti­tion win­ner Craig Lit­tin, who along with his wife Brooke farms near Pu­taruru, en­cour­aged South Waikato farm­ers to en­ter this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘In the past farm­ers from this area have done very well in the com­pe­ti­tion and that has also been good for the wider Waikato. My ad­vice is what­ever role you have on farm you should en­ter if you are el­i­gi­ble to do so. There are many ben­e­fits you can get from en­ter­ing.’’

Last year’s Waikato Sharemilker of the Year Bas Nelis is also from the South Waikato – he farms be­tween Ti­rau and Pu­taruru.

Ex­ten­sive changes to the 2011 com­pe­ti­tion were an­nounced ear­lier this month and in­clude the New Zealand Sharemilker of the Year con­test, which will now be known as the New Zealand Sharemilker Eq­uity Man­ager of the Year, be­ing opened up to al­low all eq­uity man­agers and eq­uity con­tract milk­ers to com­pete.

Zeala’nd – Matthew Richards, New Dairy In­dus­try Awards Trust Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee

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Pre­vi­ously en­trants needed to have over 25 per cent eq­uity.

Leasees who pre­vi­ously could not en­ter are also now el­i­gi­ble to do so.

In ad­di­tion, the com­pe­ti­tion’s new­est cat­e­gory – the NZ Dairy Trainee of the Year – has an age limit and is open to en­trants be­tween the ages of 18 to 30 who have not been em­ployed on a dairy farm for more than five years.

New Zealand Dairy In­dus­try Awards Trust Man­age­ment Com­mit­tee chair­per­son Matthew Richards told Ru­ral De­liv­ery the re­cent changes to this year’s com­pe­ti­tion would make it fairer.

‘‘Our goal in it all is to help as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble to en­ter. In the time we have had the Dairy Trainee of the Year run­ning we have seen that grow hugely.

‘‘Our motto is Pas­sion for Pro­gres­sion’’ and that re­ally is a true re­flec­tion of how the in­dus­try is track­ing. We want that to be re­flected in the com­pe­ti­tion. A lot of guys are pro­gress­ing in their farm­ing so we wanted to open it up.

‘‘ The Waikato is a strong farm­ing area full of farm­ers who are do­ing a great job in the con­di­tions they find them­selves in.’’

Mr Richards said he is en­cour­aged by the fact that each year he sees more and more tal­ented farm­ers put their names for­ward.

‘‘It’s a great sign and now, with these changes in place, it will be good to con­sol­i­date what has been a busy cou­ple of years for the com­pe­ti­tion trust.

‘‘Af­ter each com­pe­ti­tion we re­ceive a lot of feed­back from en­trants and we try to im­ple­ment as much of it as we can.’’

Mr Richards said de­spite what has been a ‘‘tough year all round for farm­ers’’ the 2011 Dairy In­dus­try Awards would pro­vide a good op­por­tu­nity for them to bench­mark their per­for­mance with oth­ers in the in­dus­try.

En­tries in the 2011 New Zealand Dairy In­dus­try Awards open next Mon­day, Novem­ber 1.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion visit www. dairyin­dus­tryawards.co.nz.

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