Finalists strive for dairy awards

Hinds farmer Will Green is a finalist in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.

Hinds farmer Will Green, and Mayfield 2IC Peter O’Connor, are among the 32 finalists representing 11 regions in the 2022 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards next month.

Will is a 2022 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year finalist, and Peter a New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year finalist.

Also up for grabs is the New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year title.

The national winners will be announced at a black tie awards dinner at Te Pae in Christchurch on May 14, after a final round of judging.

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Peter O’Connor set himself a personal challenge, which saw him named a New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year finalist.

Awards general manager Robin Congdon said the finalists were the cream of the crop from all entries received.

“The awards promote best practice and celebrate all entrants and finalists. It’s not just about winning, it’s a programme of learning, connecting and personal and professional growth,” Robin said.

“This year, due to entrant withdrawals in the Share Farmer category in Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa and Manawata we trialled a benchmarking system in these two regions which allowed entrants to complete the programme and be placed accordingly.

“Places were determined by the overall score achieved, which was then benchmarked against the scores for places across all the regions and this resulted in a first and third place for Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa and a runner-up for Manawau.”

Robin said there was a mix of gender, age, farming experience and career backgrounds among the regional finalists, along with 18 finalists who were on a work visa in the dairy manager category and one in the share farmer category.

“We are looking forward to celebrating success and best practice in the dairy industry at our Gala Dinner in May at the brand-new Te Pae Christchurch Convention Centre, and judging by the number of tickets sold already, many people feel the same!”

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.

2022 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year finalists:

Canterbury/North Otago, Will Green, 34% share milker, 1060 cows, Hinds

West Coast/Top of the South Kevin and Kyla Freeman, 50% share milkers, 390 cows, Nelson

Southland/Otago, Emma and Hamish Day, contract milkers, 700 cows, Mabel Bush

Northland, Antje and Soenke Paarmann, 50% sharemilkers, 450 cows, Okaihau

Auckland/Hauraki , Danielle Hovmand, contract milker, 270 cows, Patetonga

Waikato, Brian Basi and Rachel Bunnik, contract milkers, 230 cows, Putaruru

Bay of Plenty, Scott and Rebecca O’Brien, 50% sharemilkers, 650 & 250 cows, Galatea

Central Plateau, Todd and Renee Halliday, sharemilkers & equity partners, 520 cows, Reporoa

Taranaki, Murray and Rachel Perks, 24% VOSM contract milking, 445 cows, Hawera

Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa, Jono and Kerri Robson, 50% sharemilkers, 350 cows, Waipukurau.

2022 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year finalists:

Canterbury/North Otago, Jaspal Singh, farm manager, 800 cows, Waimate

West Coast/Top of the South, Robyn Mare, farm manager, 310 cows, Greymouth

Southland/Otago, Laura Murdoch, 2IC, 230 cows, Mokotua

Northland, Phillip Payton, farm manager, 350 cows, Te Hana

Auckland/Hauraki, Jimmy Cleaver, farm manager, 360 cows, Rangiriri

Waikato, Andrew Macky, farm manager, 320 cows, Ohaupo

Bay of Plenty, Hayden Purvis, farm manager, 400 cows, Galatea

Central Plateau, Satveer Singh, farm manager, 700 cows, Tokoroa

Taranaki, Nick Besinga, farm manager, 526 cows, Auroa

Manawatu, Joel Peterson, farm manager, 520 cows, Moutoa

Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa, Amarjeet Kamboj, farm manager, 550 cows, Pahiatua.

2022 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year finalists:

Canterbury/North Otago, Peter O’Connor, 2IC, 900 cows, Mayfield

West Coast/Top of the South Lisa Peeters, herd manager, 400 cows, Hokitika

Southland/Otago, Aidan Roe, farm assistant, 560 cows, Winton

Northland, Macee Latimer, farm assistant, 470 cows, Purua

Auckland/Hauraki, Jamie McDowell, farm assistant, 326 cows, Rangiriri West

Waikato, Edward Roskam, farm assistant, 230 cows, Okauia,

Bay of Plenty, Thomas Lundman, farm assistant, 550 cows, Whakatane

Central Plateau, Zoe Bryson, herd manager, 500 cows, Mangakino

Taranaki, Kate Logan, herd manager, 350 cows, Auroa

Manawatatu, Amit Sujit, farm manager, 550 cows, Kiwitea

Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa, Jacob Stolte, herd manager, 350 cows, West Taratahi.


The National Awards dinner:

Saturday 14 May 2022

Venue: Te Pae, Christchurch

Pre-dinner drinks: 5:00pm

Dinner Seated: 5:30pm

Dress code: Formal

Master of Ceremonies: Scotty Stevenson

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