Call for more en­tries to the Waikato dairy in­dus­try awar

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

South Waikato farm­ers are be­ing urged to put their hands up for the 2015 Waikato Dairy In­dus­try Awards.

Or­gan­is­ers are en­cour­ag­ing dairy farm­ers who are keen to progress their ca­reer in the in­dus­try, to en­ter this year’s awards.

Re­gional man­agers Michelle and An­drew McPher­son said en­tries in the re­gion’s Sharemilker/ Eq­uity Farmer of the Year, Farm Man­ager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year com­pe­ti­tions are be­ing ac­cepted on­line at www.dairyin­dus­tryawards.co.nz.

‘‘We held a re­ally suc­cess­ful launch event at AgRe­search’s Tokanui Re­search Farm last month and there seemed to be a lot of in­ter­est in en­ter­ing the awards, but time is run­ning out.’’

Michelle said 34 en­tries had been re­ceived by Novem­ber 10, in­clud­ing five en­tries in the sharemilker/ eq­uity farmer contest, 11 in the farm man­ager contest and 18 in the dairy trainee com­pe­ti­tion.

‘‘ We re­ally need more en­trants in the sharemilker com­pe­ti­tion. I can’t re­it­er­ate enough how valu­able en­ter­ing the awards can be and the op­por­tu­ni­ties that may open for peo­ple want­ing to step up or ex­pand.’’

Michelle said meet­ing the other en­trants, spon­sors and or­gan­is­ers also makes en­ter­ing worth­while.

‘‘ En­tries are clos­ing ear­lier this year, so it’s im­por­tant that peo­ple act quickly if they are in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing one of the com­pe­ti­tions.’’

En­tries close on Novem­ber 30.

She said all en­trants would re­ceive com­pli­men­tary tick­ets to the Waikato Re­gional Dairy In­dus­try Awards din­ner at the Claude­lands Event Cen­tre in Hamil­ton on March 6.

The Awards are sup­ported by na­tional spon­sors West­pac, DairyNZ, Eco­lab, Fed­er­ated Farm­ers, Fon­terra, Honda Mo­tor­cy­cles NZ, LIC, Merid­ian En­ergy, Ravens­down, RD1 and Triple­jump, along with in­dus­try part­ner Pri­mary ITO.

Fur­ther in­for­ma­tion on the awards and the com­pe­ti­tions can be found at www. dairyin­dus­tryawards.co.nz.

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