Awards fi­nals com­ing

South Waikato News - - Rural Delivery -

There is a mix of age, farm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and ca­reer back­grounds among the 33 fi­nal­ists com­pet­ing in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy In­dus­try Awards.

The fi­nal­ists rep­re­sent 11 re­gions and will com­pete for prizes worth more than $165,000, and the hon­our of win­ning ei­ther the 2016 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year, 2016 New Zealand Dairy Man­ager of the Year or the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year ti­tle.

Gen­eral man­ager Chris Keep­ing said the 33 fi­nal­ists were se­lected out of 452 who orig­i­nally en­tered the 2016 awards pro­gramme.

The 11 fi­nal­ists in the New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year com­pe­ti­tion in­clude six tra­di­tional 50 per cent sharemilk­ers, four con­tract milk­ers and one equity farm man­ager.

The New Zealand Dairy Man­ager of the Year fi­nal­ists in­clude seven farm man­agers, two herd man­agers and two pro­duc­tion man­agers and range in age from 23 years to 36 years.

There are four fe­males among the 11 fi­nal­ists con­test­ing the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year ti­tle and they work on farms rang­ing from 140 cows to 1060 cows.

The win­ners will be an­nounced in Welling­ton on Satur­day May 14. Tick­ets to the din­ner can be pur­chased on­line at dairyin­dus­tryawards.co.nz.

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