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Hinds farmer Will Green.

Hinds dairy farmer Will Green is excited about the opportunities for career growth within the dairy industry.

Will was named the Share Farmer of the Year winner in the Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards held at Trott’s Garden in Ashburton last Tuesday night.

Other major winners were Jaspal Singh, who was named the 2022 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Manager of the Year, and Peter O’Connor, the 2022 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Trainee of the Year.

Will has tasted success in the Dairy Industry Awards as the 2018 Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Manager of the Year and was also awarded the National Runner-Up title.

He says benefits of the awards programme include the networking opportunities and meeting and making new like-minded friends.

“The programme made me focus on goals and the direction I wanted to be heading as well as creating speaking opportunities with My Connect, Understand Your Co-op and the Pasture Summit.”

Will is a 34% share milker on a 270ha Dairy Holdings Ltd Hinds property milking 1060 cows. He won $10,000 in prizes plus three merit awards.

The 34-year-old holds a Degree in Agriculture from Harper Adams University and enjoys farming as it gives him the opportunity to work outdoors and with livestock.

“I’m excited about capital entry changes in Fonterra, as a strong co-op is key to a successful New Zealand dairy future.”

Future farming goals include working towards his goal of farm ownership in seven years, and building a family home with his partner Sally.

The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda, LIC, Meridian, and Ravensdown along with industry partners DairyNZ and MediaWorks.

Runners-up in the Canterbury/North Otago category were Kerry and Aimee Burt, of Leeston, and third place went to Mid Canterbury couple Johno and Tania Burrows.

The Burrows are 21% sharemilkers for Ian Hopping on his 255ha Ashburton property, milking 980 cows. They won $3,500 in prizes and three merit awards.

The Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards field day will be held on April 12 at 861 Coldstream Road, Hinds (Fonterra 37118) from 10am.

Further details on the winners and the field day speakers can be found at www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz