Farmers flock to enter dairy industry awards
Arecord number of people have entered the 2012 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, the awards trust says.
National convener Chris Keeping said the 525 entries would provide the strongest competition in the awards. The total is up 28 on last year and up 17 from the previous record of 508 entries the year before.
The Waikato region has the most entries this year, with 73 entries across the three categories of sharemilker-equity farmer, farm manager and dairy trainee. The Canterbury-north Otago region had the second highest number of entries at 65.
‘‘What is also really pleasing is the number of first-time entrants in the awards, with 384 people entering for the first time this year,’’ Mrs Keeping said.
‘‘Some of our finalists and winners last year had entered the awards three, four and even five times. Each time they gain from the experience and strive to do better for them personally and their business.’’
Judging begins this week, with the first of the regional award winners announced in late February. Regional winners will progress to the finals in Auckland in May.