Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Judging gets underway in dairy awards

Judging gets underway this week in the 2013 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.

All entrants participate in the judging process which will select the 34 regional winners in the 12 regional competitions. 

“Entrants had been invited to attend information evenings during the past couple of weeks to give them a bit of an idea of what to expect when judges visit their farms, in the case of sharemilker/equity farmer and farm manager entrants, and what is expected of them,” national convenor Chris Keeping said. 

“Essentially they have two hours to present them and their farm business to the judges. They need to have a plan and they definitely don’t want any distractions during that time.”

Keeping said many past entrants described the judging process as the most valuable aspect of entering the dairy awards, as they learn about the strengths and weaknesses of their business and gain constructive feedback from the judges. 

“Other business owners would probably pay large sums of money to have their business scrutinised for where they can make improvements and how those improvements can be made. It’s one reason some entrants enter the awards multiple times,” she said. 

The first regional winners will be announced on March 2 at the Northland awards evening.

All regional winners will progress to the national finals in Wellington on May 24. They will compete for the national titles and a prize pool of $140,000.

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