Awards fi­nal­ists named

South Waikato News - - NEWS/OPINION -

The first fi­nal­ists in the 2013 Waikato Dairy In­dus­try Awards have been an­nounced af­ter com­ple­tion of pre­lim­i­nary judg­ing last week.

Re­gional con­venor Lisa Suisted says com­pe­ti­tion for the fi­nal six plac­ings was tight among the 15 en­trants in the Waikato Sharemilker/Eq­uity Farmer of the Year and 24 en­trants in the Waikato Farm Man­ager of the Year com­pe­ti­tions.

‘‘They were all vy­ing for the top six places in their cat­e­gory to progress to the fi­nal round of judg­ing.’’

Mrs Suisted says the 26 Waikato Dairy Trainee of the Year en­trants will have their pre­lim­i­nary judg­ing next week and that will de­ter­mine the dairy trainee fi­nal­ists.

She says the sharemilker and farm man­ager fi­nals judg­ing will take place from Fe­bru­ary 25-28 to de­cide the 2013 Waikato win­ners.

‘‘ The pre­lim­i­nary judges were ex­tremely im­pressed with the high cal­i­bre of en­trants this year. Many of them demon­strated a huge pas­sion for their farms and the in­dus­try, and what they have achieved to date is im­pres­sive,’’ Mrs Suisted said.

The Waikato Dairy In­dus­try Awards Din­ner will be held at Bledis­loe Hall, Mys­tery Creek, on March 8. Tick­ets are $85 and avail­able from Kyly Coombes on 07 824 6717.

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