Awards finals coming
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.