The 33 finalists in the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards didn’t have long to celebrate their respective regional wins, as preparations began for the final round of judging.
Winners are announced at a black-tie awards dinner at ILT Stadium in Invercargill on Saturday May 12. The inaugural winner of the Fonterra Farm Source Responsible Dairying Award will also be announced at the dinner.
The finalists represent 11 regions and will compete for prizes worth more than $200,000 and the honour of winning the title of 2018 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year or Dairy Trainee of the Year.
General Manager of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards Trust, Chris Keeping, says the 33 finalists are the cream of the crop of the 374 entries received, and it was a hard-fought battle.
"It is very clear the New Zealand dairy industry is in goo health with passionate farmers"
“It was fantastic to attend all 11 regional finals and feel the excitement of the wins and see the journey each finalist has taken, both professionally and personally,” says Chris.
“A highlight was the way the regions embraced the Wearable Dairy Arts theme and there were some outstanding creations on show with MC Rob Reid modelling a different outfit at each dinner.”
Chris says there is a mix of gender, age, farming experience and career backgrounds amongst the finalists. “It is very clear the New Zealand dairy industry is in good health with passionate farmers, managers and trainees with positive attitudes leading the way,” she says.
The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DairyNZ, DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda Motorcycles, LIC, Meridian Energy, Farm Source and Ravensdown, along with industry partner Primary ITO.
For more details and to see the full list of finalists, visit dairyindustryawards.co.nz
Article supplied by Ballance DairyNZ