Earlybird prizes draw entries
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.