Dairy award list strong
The finalists have been found in the 2015 Waikato Dairy Industry Awards, with the winners to be announced at a dinner in Hamilton on March 6.
Awards regional manager Michelle McPherson said it had been an exciting time as judges visited the farms of the entrants in the Waikato Sharemilker/ Equity Farmer of the Year and Waikato Farm Manager of the Year competitions.
‘‘We’ve had some excellent feedback about this year’s group of entrants and so we are confident that the finalists – and ultimately our winners – will represent the region strongly.’’
McPherson said judges spent two hours on the sharemilker/equity farmer and farm manager entrants’ farms, and a new team of judges will revisit to undertake the finals judging.
‘‘The judges take a strong interest in how the entrants are farming the properties to maximise the resources available and in a way that also helps them to meet their next farming, personal or business goal.’’
She says the dairy trainee judging is a little different, as the trainees all came together to participate in a practical skills’ test and took part in an individual interview.
The Waikato region received 50 entries in total, including 10 competing in the Waikato Sharemilker/ Equity Farmer of the Year, 12 entered in the Waikato Farm Manager of the Year and 28 entered in the Waikato Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions.
The Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DairyNZ, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda Motorcycles, LIC, Meridian Energy, Ravensdown, New Zealand Farm Source, Triplejump, along with industry partner Primary ITO.
Tickets to the Waikato awards dinner at the Claudelands Event Centre cost $85 and can be bought online at dairyindustry awards.co.nz.
‘‘The dinner is always a great night and I really encourage people to come along to support our future dairy industry leaders and celebrate in their success.’’
The three Waikato title winners will progress to the national finals to be held in Auckland on May 2.