Clinton man dairy trainee of year

20:13, Apr 07 2013
Ben Sanders
Ben Sanders.

Clinton herd manager Ben Sanders is this year's Otago Dairy Trainee of the Year.

Mr Sanders was presented with his accolade at the Otago Dairy Industry Awards dinner in Balclutha on Saturday night.

It was the second time he had entered the competition and said it had been great for meeting like- minded people in the industry.

He will now be the region's sole representative at the 2013 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards in Wellington next month.

Awards were also made to Shaun Thomas, for Highly Commended Otago Sharemilker/ Equity Farmer of the Year, and Neil Molina, judged the Best Otago Farm Manager of the Year.

The presentations came after organisers revamped the awards format earlier this year following disappointing entry numbers in the Otago Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year and Otago Farm Manager of the Year sections.

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Tapanui farm assistants Scott Stiven and Sean Culling were placed second and third respectively in the dairy trainee contest.

SHAREMILKER/EQUITY FARMER MERIT AWARDS

Westpac Business Performance Award - Chris & Kathryn Peat.

Farm Manager Merit Awards: AgITO Human Resource Management Award - Neil Molina

Fonterra Best Practice Award - Thomas & Martina Jaeger.

Dairy Trainee Merit Awards:

DairyNZ Practical Skills Award - Scott Stiven The Dairy Exporter Farming Knowledge Award - Ben Sanders

The Southland Times