NZ Dairy Industry Awards 2018 winners announced

Some of the most savvy and progressive farmers from around NZ took to the stage at the recent 2018 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards

In the line-up of final winners, Dan and Gina Duncan (Northland) were named the 2018 New Zealand Share Farmers of the Year, Gerard Boerjan (Hawke’s Bay-Wairarapa) became the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year, and Simone Smail (Southland-Otago) was the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year. They shared prizes worth more than $202,000.

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“This year, there have been a few trends among the 33 finalists competing for honours in the awards programme,” general manager Chris Keeping says. “The finalists are acutely aware of the importance of biosecurity and health and safety with regards to environmental issues, animal management, and sustainability. It’s extremely positive to see such dedication to these issues within the industry.”

Share Farmer head judge Kevin McKinley, from DairyNZ, says the judges were impressed to discover how educated the entrants were, either tertiary educated or looking to upskill themselves.

“We’ve been from one end of the country to the other and we have met a stunning group of people excelling within the industry.

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“We met people who genuinely value other people and how they can help them progress through the industry. They realise you have to look after staff and value them if you want to keep them. The winners will be excellent ambassadors for the dairy industry.”

Fellow Share Farmer judges Matt Richards, from Southland, and Jacqui Groves, from Westpac, say it’s fantastic to see people putting themselves out there to be judged.

“The industry is in good hands,” Matt says. “They might be doing it differently to how we used to, but the next generation is growing the industry and evolving and the rest of us have to be ready and prepared.”

2018 NZ Dairy Industry Awards full results

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2018 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year

  • Winner – Daniel and Gina Duncan, Northland
  • Runner-up – Chris and Sally Guy, Auckland-Hauraki
  • Third – Steve Gillies and Amy Johnson, Waikato
  • DairyNZ Human Resources Award – Simon and Hilary Vallely
  • Ecolab Farm Dairy Hygiene Award – Chris and Sally Guy
  • Federated Farmers Leadership Award – Steve Gillies and Amy Johnson
  • Honda Farm Safety and Health Award – Tim and Melissa Parsons
  • LIC Recording and Productivity Award – Richard and Wendy Ridd
  • Meridian Energy Farm Environment Award – Thomas and Jennifer Read
  • PrimaryITO Interview Award – Daniel and Gina Duncan
  • Ravensdown Pasture Performance Award – Daniel and Gina Duncan
  • Westpac Business Performance Award – Daniel and Gina Duncan

2018 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year

  • Winner – Gerard Boerjan, Hawkes Bay-Wairarapa
  • Runner-up – Will Green, Canterbury-North Otago
  • Third – Jaime McCrostie, Southland
  • DairyNZ Employee Engagement Award – Gerard Boerjan
  • DeLaval Livestock Management Award – Colin Tremain
  • Fonterra Farm Source Dairy Management Award – Anthony Lamborn
  • LIC Interview Award – Anthony Lamborn
  • Meridan Energy Leadership Award – Sam Moscrip
  • PrimaryITO Power Play Award – Jaime McCrostie
  • Ravensdown Feed Management Award – Will Green
  • Westpac Financial Management & Planning Award – Gerard Boerjan

2018 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year

  • Winner – Simone Smail, Southland-Otago
  • Runner-up – Donna McKinley, Central Plateau
  • Third – Quinn Youngman, Auckland-Hauraki
  • DairyNZ Practical Skills Award – Andrew Trolove
  • DeLaval Communication and Engagement Award – Simone Smail
  • Best Video Award presented by Streamliner – Donna McKinley
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