Entrants to 2018 Dairy Industry Award prepare for judging

Entrants gear up for the upcoming 2018 Dairy Industry Award

Summer is a busy time for farmers around New Zealand, and with the upcoming 2018 Dairy Industry Award, it seems like the farmers have used the Christmas and New Year break to prepare for the competition. 

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General Manager of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards, Chris Keeping, says entrants who used their summer holiday to prepare for the 2018 competitions will be one step ahead of their competitors. Prior to Christmas, the awards, which oversee the Share Farmer of the Year, Dairy Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions, received 374 entries.

Information events for entrants and sponsors have been held in some of the awards’ 11 regions and the remaining will be taking place over the following weeks.

 "These events provide an opportunity for entrants to meet, and to learn more about the Awards and what to expect, as well as connecting people within the industry," Chris says.

"Along with the national Dairy Industry Awards Facebook page, each region has their own page where local events are promoted, as well as on the website."

Chris adds that these events organised are useful entrants as they prepare for judging, which begins for the Dairy Trainee competition in Taranaki, Hawke's Bay/Wairarapa and Northland on 24 January.

The first regional winners will be announced in Hawke’s Bay on 1 March, while the West Coast/Top of the South region will announce the winners on 27 March. All regional winners will progress to a national final in Invercargill on 12 May.

For full details of the entrant and sponsor events, visit the Dairy Industry Awards’ website.

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