Awards an aid to self promotion
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.