Dairy finalists’ final hurdle
The 33 finalists in the Dairy Industry Awards are busy getting ready for the final round of judging which gets underway on April 22.The finalists represent 11 regions and will compete for prizes worth more than $190,000 as well as the honour of winning the Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year or the Dairy Trainee of the year titles.
Awards general manager Chris Keeping said the 33 finalists were the cream of the crop from the 424 entries received.
‘‘The feedback was that the calibre of entrants in all regions was outstanding, making the judges’ job very difficult. It is very clear that the New Zealand dairy industry is in good health with passionate farmers, managers and trainees with positive attitudes leading the way.’’
The finalists in the Share Farmer of the Year competition consisted of 10 sharemilkers and one contract milker. They oversee herds ranging from 225 cows to 800 cows and have varied career backgrounds including a past accountant, an adventure tourism guide and a mechanic.
The Dairy Manager of the Year finalists are aged between 23 and 38.
The winners will be announced in Auckland on May 6.
Tirau sharemilker Phillip van Heuven is one of the New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year finalists.
‘‘The feedback was that the calibre of entrants in all regions was outstanding, making the judges' job very difficult.’’ Chris Keeping
Finalists in the Dairy Industry Awards are getting ready for the final round of judging.