Farmers urged to enter awards
Call to continue legacy of success
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
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.