Surprises in store for Waikato Dairy Awards winners
The 2013 Waikato Dairy Industry Awards winners will receive some amazing experiences and recognition that will boost their confidence and farm business.
The winners of the 2013 Waikato Sharemilker/ Equity Farmer of the Year, Waikato Farm Manager of the Year and Waikato Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions will be announced at an awards dinner on March 8 at the Bledisloe Hall, Mystery Creek.
Regional convenors Lisa and Jason Suisted say the region received nearly 70 entries and will hand out about $80,000 in cash and prizes.
“This year’s winners will be presented with unique opportunities and have some amazing experiences when they head to the national finals,” she says.
There are 15 competing for the Waikato sharemilker/ equity farmer title, 26 in the farm manager contest and 26 contesting the dairy trainee title. The region received the second highest number of entries out of the 12 regions and recorded the highest number of farm manager entrants.
The awards are supported by Westpac, DairyNZ, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda Motorcycles NZ, LIC, Meridian Energy, Ravensdown and RD1, aand AgITO.
Lisa and Jason Suisted won the New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year title in 2011. After serving on the regional committee last year, they are convening the awards for the first time.
“The awards have been great for us. We have met some interesting people, made great contacts with industry professionals and sponsors, and learnt a lot about us and how our farm business operates.”
Mrs Suisted says some excellent people have entered the Waikato awards.
The couple says those considering entering the awards should come along to the regional awards dinner and experience the benefits first hand.
“There’s a wealth of knowledge out there and it’s all for free! It’s a huge learning experience.”
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards national final will be held in Wellington on May 24, with $140,000 in cash and prizes on offer.
The Suisteds are the region’s only winners of the New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer competition, revamped in 2011 to include equity farm managers.
The Waikato region had considerable success in the sharemilker contest, with representatives winning four times in the contest’s history. In 2004 Hugh Candy and Kerry Lucas- Candy were the national winners, Dave and Julie Davis won in 2001, Ian and Karyn Brown won in 1997, and Clem and Patricia Captein were the 1991 winners.
The 2008 Waikato Farm Manager of the Year winner, Olin Greenan, won the New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year, a national award that began in 2003.
Tickets to the Waikato awards dinner cost $85. Contacting Lisa Suisted on 07 824-2189.