Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Massive numbers enter 2013 dairy awards

A record 566 entries have been received for the 2013 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, 42 more than the contest’s previous best.

“It’s the most entries we have had in both the farm manager and the dairy trainee contests, with the trainee contest in particular just going from strength to strength,” national convenor Chris Keeping said.

“We are just so rapt with the response and at the level of competition that will take place to determine the winners.”

Keeping said it is obvious that entrants are becoming more aware of the benefits associated with entering the awards.

The entries were led by the New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year contest, which received 251 entries, followed by the New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year on 171 and New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year on 144.

The Canterbury/North Otago region received the most entries with 83, ten more than its closest rival. 

“Waikato topped the regions last year, but has had to settle for second place this year with 73 entries, although it has the most farm managers entered with 29,” Keeping said.

Other regions to do well include Central Plateau and Taranaki, both with 52 entries, and Northland with 48.

Keeping said the entrants will first compete in one of the regional competitions being held around the country, with the regional winners progressing to the national final to be held in Wellington on May 24.

Further information about the awards and a timeline of the awards programme can be found on

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