Dairy fi­nal­ists’ fi­nal hur­dle

South Waikato News - - Property - RU­RAL RE­PORTER

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

PHOTO: FAIRFAX NZ

Fi­nal­ists in the Dairy In­dus­try Awards are get­ting ready for the fi­nal round of judg­ing.

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