New Zealand citizen or New Zealand resident at close of entries and meet the additional eligibility criteria as set out in the Conditions of Entry (pdf 469KB) . . .
Then you can enter this Category!
If you are unsure which category you can enter, take a look at our Awards Programme Reference Chart. If you are still unsure, then use our Contact page to get in touch outlining your circumstance.
How do I enter?
Create an Account & Fill out an Entry Form on this website during the entry open period.
To complete your entry we require the Farm Owner's and Employer's permission (if they are different people). If you supply an email address, permission can be obtained electronically or alternatively, in printed form if they do not have an email address.
When permission has been given, you will receive an email from the NZDIA with details on how to access the 'entrant only' part of our website. Here you will find more information about the category including Tips for Judging.
In this category, you are required to provide a copy of your previous year's financial accounts (or budget/cashflow if in your first year of business) and you will also be invited to provide a DairyBase analysis as well. So if your previous year's financial accounts are not yet complete, contact your accountant as soon as possible.
What about Judging?
Judging is held through the months of January, February and March. Check your regional dates to make sure you will be around and not sunning yourself on the beach! Closer to your region's judging dates, you will receive your specific judging date and time.
Judging takes place on-farm, and is 2 hours. There will be a preliminary round of judging, with five entrants progressing to the final round of judging.
The judges in your category are experienced in the field of farming and want to know about you and your farming career. Watch our video 'Awards Journey' which gives an insight into judging.
Entrants receive a written Feedback Report from their judges, with finalists receiving a report from each of their judging rounds.
Regional Winners then progress to the National Final and in May of each year, they are judged by a national judging team to determine the national winner and placegetters.
The judging covers the topics outlined on the wheel below, all of which you will be familiar with in your everyday farming life. Once entered, there will be more information about your category.