Deadline looming for dairy industry awards

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 05:00 19/12/2012

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Nearly 40 Southlanders have put their name forward for the prestigious 2013 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards and more are being encouraged to get their entry in before it closes tomorrow.

Entries are open for the New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year, Farm Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year.

Participants first stand for one of 12 regional competitions and the winners progress to the national finals.

Sharemilkers and farm managers are asked to deliver a two-hour presentation of their business, and dairy trainees sit an interview and practical examination.

Southland convenors and winners of the 2011 Southland sharemilker award, Lindsey and Clare McClintock, said the awards were a great way to progress in the dairy industry.

"The Dairy Industry Awards helped us set goals and gave us a clear picture of what we wanted to do and how we had to get there," Mr McClintock said.

Winton sharemilkers Sharn and Billy Roskam were the Southland winners for their category this year.

"We knew we were looking to further our career and get our names out there," Mrs Roskam said.

It was an opportunity to develop nationwide contacts, strengthen relationships and better understand your business, she said.

National convenor Chris Keeping said nearly 500 entries had been received and he hoped to get about 525 to match last year.

"The response to this year's awards has been fabulous. Once people are entered, they have the opportunity to win great prizes and to progress their career by meeting individuals that can help them achieve their farm, business, and personal goals," he said.

It was also a chance to share in the $140,000 cash and prizes on offer, he said.

Entries close at midnight Thursday.

The Southland awards will be presented at the Invercargill Workingmen's Club on April 5, 2013 and the national finals are held in Wellington on May 24.

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