Awards an aid to self pro­mo­tion

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY - By JEREMY SMITH

SOUTH Waikato farm­ers will have a strong pres­ence in the 2010/11 Dairy In­dus­try Awards.

Waikato con­ven­ers Craig and Brooke Lit­tin told Ru­ral De­liv­ery that last week as the early bird en­try dead­line for en­ter­ing the com­pe­ti­tion passed, nine farm­ers from the district had al­ready en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion’s three cat­e­gories – sharemilker/ eq­uity farmer of the year, farm man­ager of the year and dairy trainee of the year.

One Toko­roa farmer and one Ti­rau farmer had en­tered the sharemilker/ eq­uity farmer award, a Pu­taruru farmer will com­pete for the farm man­ager ti­tle and two Toko­roa farm­ers, two Ti­rau farm­ers and a farmer each from Pu­taruru and Man­gakino are dairy trainee en­trants.

Last year there were only four en­tries in the awards. The names of those en­tered so far can not be re­leased yet.

With more than a week to go un­til en­tries close fig­ures look set to in­crease.

Waikato-wide nine en­tries have been re­ceived in the sharemilker/eq­uity farmer cat­e­gory, 15 in the farm man­ager and 23 in the dairy trainee of the year.

Last year 14 en­tered the sharemilker/eq­uity farmer award, 16 vied for farm man­ager and 33 for dairy trainee.

Brooke Lit­tin said the early signs were promis­ing for an­other good year as the com­pe­ti­tion goes from ‘‘strength to strength’’.

‘‘We had won­dered whether the dif­fi­cult en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions would af­fect en­try num­bers how­ever that hasn’t been the case,’’ she said.

She added that in to­day’s farm­ing en­vi­ron­ment any­thing farm­ers could do to give them­selves an edge was pos­i­tive and the Dairy In­dus­try Awards were one way of do­ing that.

‘‘You’ve got to be cre­ative in pro­mot­ing your­self and there’s no doubt that farm­ers who have done well in this com­pe­ti­tion are at­trac­tive to prospec­tive em­ploy­ees.’’

En­tries in the Dairy In­dus­try Awards will re­main open un­til De­cem­ber 24. For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.dairyin­dus­tryawards.co.nz.

HOPE­FULS: Nine South Waikato farm­ers are try­ing to em­u­late the feat of 2010 Dairy In­dus­try award win­ner Bas Nelis of Ti­rau.

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