Enter the NZ Dairy Awards to enhance your farming career

With just over two weeks to go until entries close in the 2015 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, organisers encourage those dairy farmers who are keen to progress their career in the industry to enter.

National convenor Chris Keeping says 321 entries have been received to date in the Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year, Farm Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions.

Mrs Keeping says the 321 entrants are all eligible for the Early Bird Entry Prize Draw, giving them the chance to win one of six iPad and iPod bundles worth $2100. Two bundles will be drawn from the early entrants in each competition, so long as they progress through competition judging. The entry draw closed last night.

So far 61 entries have been received in the sharemilker/equity farmer competition, 100 in the farm manager contest and 160 in the dairy trainee competition.

"The popularity of the dairy trainee contest really does demonstrate the huge value entrants’ gain by having the awards on their CV and the skills and networks they gain from entering.

"As someone has said to me the benefits of participating in the Dairy Industry Awards are a bit like winning Lotto, but unlike Lotto everyone that enters is a winner in one way or another."

Mrs Keeping says a record 572 people entered the awards this year. "It was a fantastic result and we would certainly like to think we can achieve that again this year. Entering the awards can help participants identify ways to lift farm management and performance, and drive opportunities for career progression and personal development."

The Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DairyNZ, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda Motorcycles NZ, LIC, Meridian Energy, New Zealand Farm Source, Ravensdown, and Triplejump, along with industry partner Primary ITO.

Entries are being accepted online at www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz and close on November 30.

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