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Entries opened 20th October 2016
Early Bird Entry closed midnight 9th November 2016
Entries closed closed midnight 30th November 2016
Fantastic Early Bird Travel prizes to be won in all three competitions.

What do I need to do to enter?

  • Check our Competition Reference Chart to see which competition you are eligible to enter.
  • Fill out an entry form with some details about yourself and your farming operation or career.
  • Get your Farm Owner and/or Farm Employer permission if entering the Share Farmer or Dairy Manager of the Year competitions.  Permission must be complete by 12th December.
  • Dairy Trainee of the Year entrants do not require their Farm Employer's permission to enter.

What happens next?

  • Once your entry is complete (ie permissions received if required), you will receive an email from us which will give you access to the 'entrant only' section of our website.
  • Once you have access to the 'entrant only' section you will find important information about the competition including a full Judging Criteria and some tips on how to prepare for judging.

Completing your entry

  • All entrants are asked to supply a photograph of themselves by 12th December.  Details will be supplied in your login.
  • Share Farmer of the Year entrants only are asked to submit a copy of their annual accounts or a budget and cashflow if in the first year of business by:

    North Island - 13th January 2017
    South Island - 30th January 2017


Regional Events

  • Regional Judging - January / February / March
  • Regional Awards Dinners - February / March
  • Dairy Industry Awards Field Days - March / April
  • See Regions for specific dates

National Final

  • National Judging - late April / early May
  • National Awards Dinner - Saturday 6 May 2017, Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland.