Dairy Trainee of the Year

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Am I eligible?

If you:

  • are aged 18-25 years at the close of entries for this competition year
  • are currently employed on a dairy farm in a permanent full time position, and remain so until the conclusion of your regional judging
  • have NOT been employed for more than 3 years on a dairy farm from the age of 18 either continuously or in total as at 1st June 2017
  • have NOT completed an NZQA Level 5 or higher qualification and/or overseas equivalent in any field of study as at the 30th November 2017.
  • are a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand resident at close of entries and meet the additional eligibility criteria as set out in the pdf Conditions of Entry (pdf 332KB) . . .

Then you can enter this competition!

If you are unsure which competition you can enter, take a look at our Competition Reference Chart. If you are still unsure, then use our Contact page to get in touch outlining your circumstance. 

How do I enter?

  • Fill out an Entry Form on this website during the entry open period.
  • Once entered, you will have access to the 'entrant only' part of our website, where you will find more information about the competition including the full Judging Criteria and Tips for Judging.

What about judging?

  • Judging will be 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 for this competition will be based on a level no higher than the National Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy) - Level 4.  Watch our video 'Competition Journey' which gives an insight into judging.

  • There will be a preliminary round of judging held in each region, with six entrants progressing to the final round of 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, are judged by a national judging team to determine the national winner and placegetters.

Preliminary & Final Round Judging

Preliminary Round - a 10 minute practical section and a 20 minute interview section. Six entrants will progress to the final round.

Final Round - a 30 minute practical and a 30 minute interview section, plus all finalists will be
required to present a CV to the Interview Judges.

Judging Criteria

  • The practical section will cover every day farming tasks, and the interview section is kind of like a job interview. Once entered, you will have access to the full Judging Criteria, but this gives you a little preview about what to expect:

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