02 March 2017
Canterbury/North Otago and Southland/Otago are the final two regions to announce their 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards finalists.
The awards, which oversee the Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions, received 424 entries nationally with 75 entries coming from these regions.
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DairyNZ, DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra Farm Source, Honda Motorcycles, LIC, Meridian Energy, and Ravensdown, along with industry partner Primary ITO.
General Manager Chris Keeping says this time of the year is always a highlight in the awards calendar, with finals judging in full swing.
“This is an interesting time in the awards, with some regions announcing their winners, while some are still in the midst of finals judging,” she said. “To have all regions with the preliminary judging completed is a wonderful achievement, and our focus is now on finals judging and regional Awards dinners.”
Canterbury/North Otago and Southland/Otago winners, placegetters and Merit Award winners will be announced at Regional Awards Dinners. Tickets are still available for these dinners and can be ordered online at this website.
Regional Winners progress to the National Final and are judged by a national judging team to determine the national winners and placegetters of each competition. National winners will be announced on Saturday 6 May 2017 at Sky City Auckland.
CANTERBURY/NORTH OTAGO FINALISTS: (Winners announced Awards Dinner March 22nd 2017)
Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Trainee of the Year finalists:
Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Manager of the Year finalists:
Rhys & Kiri Roberts
Canterbury/North Otago Share Farmer of the Year finalists:
Simon Clisby & Nadia Trowland
Kieran & Erin McCall
Christopher & Siobhan O'Malley
SOUTHLAND/OTAGO FINALISTS: (Winners announced Awards Dinner March 25th 2017)
Southland/Otago Dairy Trainee of the Year finalists:
Southland/Otago Dairy Manager of the Year finalists:
Southland/Otago Share Farmer of the Year finalists:
Russell & Tracy Bouma
Jared & Sara Crawford
Derek & Laura Dudley
Jeremy Smith & Michelle Oldam-Smith
Matthew Van Hout