02 December 2018
The Canterbury-North Otago region has received the highest number of entries in the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.
Fifty-nine entries have been received in the Canterbury-North Otago Dairy Industry Awards including 17 in the Share Farmer of the Year, 30 in the Dairy Manager of the Year and 12 in the Dairy Trainee of the Year competition.
NZDIA General Manager Chris Keeping said a total of 393 entries were received for the Awards, an increase of 29 from last year.
“It’s a great result and we are really thrilled with the response,” Chris says. “Changing the visa entry criteria has also seen an increase overall in entry numbers in the Dairy Manager and Dairy Trainee categories.”
“The numbers ensure strong categories will run in each of our 11 regions and that is great for the entrants, for the categories and for us as organisers of the Awards.”
Nationally, 106 entries were received in the Share Farmer category, 166 entered the Dairy Manager category and 121 entered Dairy Trainee of the Year.
The Central Plateau region received the second highest amount of entries with 47 in total, with Southland-Otago following closely with 46 entries while Hawkes Bay, West Coast-Top of the South, Auckland-Hauraki and Waikato received 38, 37, 36 and 34 entries respectively.
Chris said the regions had worked hard to attract the entries and was rapt that all three categories would be run in all 11 regions.
“Previous Dairy Industry Award winners continue to make an impact within the dairy industry and many are clear leaders,” says Chris. “All entrants can give themselves a huge pat on the back as they’ve taken an important step in enhancing their career and farm business just by entering the Awards.”
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda, LIC, Meridian Energy, and Ravensdown, along with industry partners Dairy NZ and Primary ITO.
Judging will begin in the new year for the 11 regional categories, with winners announced at dinners throughout the country in March next year.
The 33 winners of those categories will then progress through to the national finals in Wellington in May next year.
Visit www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz for more information and to view an events calendar of the Regional Awards.