Ear­lybird prizes draw en­tries

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

A record 158 en­tries in the 2013 New Zealand Dairy In­dus­try Awards last week has pushed the num­ber of en­trants el­i­gi­ble for the ear­lybird en­try prize draw to 428.

‘‘It was an amaz­ing week,’’ Na­tional con­vener Chris Keep­ing said.

She says the num­ber is up from 381 at the same time last year.

En­tries are still be­ing ac­cepted on­line at dairyin­dus­tryawards.co.nz in the 2013 New Zealand Sharemilker/Eq­uity Farmer of the Year, New Zealand Farm Man­ager of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year. All en­tries close on De­cem­ber 20.

Mrs Keep­ing says those el­i­gi­ble for the ear­lybird en­try prize draw – three Honda XR125 Duster farm bikes each val­ued at $4000, one to be drawn from ear­lybird en­tries in each con­test – had to en­ter be­fore De­cem­ber 1 and will still need to meet some con­di­tions, like pro­gress­ing through the awards past judg­ing.

‘‘The re­sponse proves what a great early en­try in­cen­tive the farm bikes are.’’

The New Zealand Dairy In­dus­try Awards are sup­ported by West­pac, DairyNZ, Eco­lab, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers, Fon­terra, Honda Mo­tor­cy­cles NZ, LIC, Merid­ian En­ergy, Ravens­down and RD1, along with in­dus­try part­ner AgITO.

Awards en­trants will com­pete in one of 12 re­gional com­pe­ti­tions, with the win­ners pro­gress­ing to the na­tional fi­nals. The 2013 na­tional fi­nal will be held in Welling­ton on May 24.

Or­gan­is­ers ex­pect about 500 peo­ple will en­ter the 2013 awards. Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion can be found at dairyin­dus­tryawards.co.nz.

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