This year the three competitions that comprise the Auckland/Hauraki Dairy Awards have undergone significant changes, including the names of each award, and the biggest change effects those
entering the Dairy Trainee of the Year award. Changes to this category mean newer entrants
and younger people will have a bigger chance of winning than they had before.
“The competition has been held since 2008 and has proved incredibly successful in attracting large numbers of entrants. That’s been great. But what we have found is those with maturity, higher qualifications and experience from another sector before entering the dairy industry have had an advantage,” says national convener Chris Keeping.
“The changes aim to even out the playing field and make the competition more focused on genuine dairy industry trainees.”
Entry is now restricted to those aged 18 to 25 years, have been in the industry to three years, and have qualifications up to NZQA Level 4 or equivalent in any field of study.
Other awards available are Farm Manager of the Year and Sharemilker Equity Farmer of the Year and the launch nights, at NZ Farm Source (formerly RD1) stores are designed to encourage people to enter, to inform them of what is required and explain the recent changes, say Regional Managers, and past award winners, Rosemarie and Bryce Costar from Onewhero.
More information can be found on www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz. Entry to the awards opens on October 20 will close on November 30.