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.
Tickets are on sale now through www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz
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
Tickets on sale now at www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz