Building relationships

Blake Gordon says entering the Canterbury/North Otago awards has been beneficial for his personal development.

Lauriston farm manager Blake Gordon has placed third in the 2022 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Manager of the Year Awards.

Blake works on Murray and Wendy Marshall’s 235ha, 1000-cow property.

The title, announced at an awards ceremony in Ashburton last week, was won by Jaspal Singh, of Waimate. Jaspreet Singh, of Darfield was second.

Blake, 25, a first-time entrant, found the awards programme a beneficial way to build new relationships with like-minded people who are passionate about the dairy industry.

“It’s been great for personal development and gaining confidence,” he said.

The former butcher entered the dairy industry five years ago and is excited about the endless opportunities that exist within the dairy industry.

“No day or season is the same,” he said.

“We’re always evolving and learning new procedures and systems to help us to be more efficient and sustainable.

“I enjoy learning from other peoples’ experiences and using them where I can within my own farm system.”