06 May 2020
The 33 finalists in the 2020 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are preparing for their final round of judging, to discover who will be named this year’s national award winners.
The finalists represent 11 regions and will compete for the honour of winning either the 2020 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year, 2020 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year or the 2020 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the year title.
General Manager Robin Congdon says it has been fantastic to see the journey each finalist has taken, both professionally and personally.
“Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, finalists will be asked to submit their presentations for judging digitally and speak with the judges online rather than face-to-face.”
“In the current environment, more than ever, it is important that success and resilience within the dairy industry is celebrated and the sector’s contribution to the nation as an essential service is acknowledged,” says Robin.
All presentations, information and material from finalists must be submitted to NZDIA Management by the 15th May 2020. National winners will be announced on a yet-to-be-announced date.
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda, LIC, Meridian Energy, Ravensdown and Westpac along with industry partners DairyNZ and Primary ITO.
2020 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year finalists:
|Northland||Charlie and Emma Adair, 25 & 24, contract milkers, 800 cows, Whangarei|
|Auckland-Hauraki||Brendan and Tessa Hopson, both 30, 25% sharemilkers & 20% equity partners, 340 cows, Paeroa|
|Waikato||Sarah and Aidan Stevenson, both 31, 50/50 sharemilkers, 330 cows, Ngarua|
|Bay of Plenty||Maria and Adam Barkla, 31 & 35 , contract milkers, 1720 cows, Galatea|
|Central Plateau||David Noble and Katy Jones, 34 & 32, 50/50 sharemilkers, 275 cows, Horohoro|
|Taranaki||Simon and Natasha Wilkes, 30 & 29, 50/50 sharemilkers, 320 cows, Hawera|
|Manawatu||Maegan and Terry Legg, 31 & 35, 50/50 sharemilkers, 320 cows, Shannon|
|Hawkes Bay-Wairarapa||Nicholas and Rosemarie Bertram,33 & 27, 50/50 sharemilkers, 440 cows, Woodville|
|West Coast-Top of the South||Noel and Louise Rockell, both 41, contract milkers, 1050 cows, Maruaia|
|Canterbury-North Otago||Ralph and Fleur Tompsett, 34 & 37, equity partners & 50/50 sharemilkers, 1130 cows, Ashburton|
|Southland-Otago||Samuel and Karen Bennett, 31, contract milkers, 630 cows, Wyndham|
2020 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year Finalists:
|Northland||Sheena Waru, 33, assistant manager, 520 cows, Opuawhanga|
|Auckland-Hauraki||Daniel Colgan, 27, 2IC, 930 cows, Mercer|
|Waikato||Daisy Higgs, 24, farm manager, 300 cows, Morrinsville|
|Bay of Plenty||Andre Meier, 30, farm manager, 800 cows, Te Puke|
|Central Plateau||Chance Church, 32, farm manager, 1250 cows, Taupo|
|Taranaki||Branden Darlow, 24, farm manager, 401 cows, Inglewood|
|Manawatu||Paul Mercer, 27, farm manager, 370 cows, Palmerston North|
|Hawkes Bay-Wairarapa||Stephen Smyllie, 23, production manager/2IC, 840 cows, Kahutara|
|West Coast-Top of the South||Krishna Dhakal, 39, farm manager, 800 cows, Dobson|
|Canterbury-North Otago||Stephen Overend, 36, farm manager, 930 cows, Hororata|
|Southland-Otago||Eugene de la Harpe, 36, farm manager, 600 cows, Dipton West|
2020 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year Finalists:
|Northland||Poutama Toto, 22, farm assistant, 450 cows, Okaihau|
|Auckland-Hauraki||Crystal Scown, 20, senior farm assistant, 165 cows, Paeroa|
|Waikato||Grace Gibberd, 21, farm assistant, 360 cows, Newstead|
|Bay of Plenty||Jacob Maxwell, 21, 2IC, 470 cows, Pukehina|
|Central Plateau||Emily Cooper, 23, 2IC, 671 cows, Rotorua|
|Taranaki||Sam Dodd, 23, 2IC, 370 cows, Hawera|
|Manawatu||David Reesby, 19, 2IC, 420 cow, Foxton|
|Hawkes Bay-Wairarapa||Tom Quinn, 24, senior farm assistant, 920 cows, Masterton|
|West Coast-Top of the South||Alexis Wells, 21, farm assistant, 670 cows, Reefton|
|Canterbury-North Otago||Lucy Morgan, 21, herd manager, 800 cows, Oamaru|
|Southland-Otago||Nikayla Dodd, 24, 2IC, 420 cows, Gore|