2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards

Press release from the NZ Dairy Awards 


Entries Open in 2016 NZ Dairy Awards


20 October 2015 

Entries are now being accepted in the 2016 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, including the New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year, New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions.

All entries are received online at this website and close on November 30.

General Manager Chris Keeping says major changes to this year’s competitions, including changes to entry criteria, should ensure a more even spread of entries across the three competitions in 2016. A total of 539 entries were received in the 2015 awards programme.

“There are a number of factors that make it difficult for us to predict how entries will go this year, such as the changes we have made and low milk returns. In saying that, we remain confident that there will be strong interest from people keen to progress in the dairy industry,” Mrs Keeping says.

“Entering one of our competitions remains one of the best ways people can raise their profile and reputation, as well as make the connections required to jump up the dairy industry career ladder!”



She says organisers have also had overwhelmingly positive feedback to the changes made to the three competitions. “We’ve had a really fantastic response to the changes that will enable more people to participate in the awards programme and should make the contests more even.”

The main changes are:

The Share Farmer of the Year competition (previously known as the Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year) is open to all self-employed farmers largely responsible for the day-to-day running of the farm, such as sharemilkers, contract milkers, lessees and equity farm managers.

The Dairy Manager of the Year (was Farm Manager of the Year) is open to all salaried farm workers like farm managers, herd managers, production managers and others.

The criteria in the Dairy Trainee of the Year contest has been changed so that only those aged between 18 to 25 years with up to three years full-time experience on a dairy farm and the equivalent of up to a Level 4 qualification can enter.

Mrs Keeping says a benefit from entering the awards is the opportunity it provides to undertake some business and career planning.

“Entering a competition does make you question what you are doing and why. Meeting other entrants, organisers and sponsors can also assist in providing support networks and valuable feedback. It is hard to estimate the value on that support during times of low milk returns, drought or stress.”

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.

Enter online at this website. The website also has information on the changes to each of the competitions.

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