'Huge passion' impresses
Finalists line up tonight at the Canterbury/North Otago Dairy Industry Awards ceremony being held at the Lincoln Events Centre.
The competition which covers three sections, Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year, Farm Manager of the Year and Dairy Trainee of the Year, attracted a high calibre group of entrants.
South Canterbury will be represented in two of the three sections. Cole Harris, of Temuka, a 22 per cent sharemilker with 595 cows, is a finalist in the Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year, and Matt Wills a farm manager of Temuka, is a finalist in the Farm Manager of the Year section.
Regional conveners Sarah and Enda Hawe said the preliminary judges were really impressed with the quality of the entrants this year. "Many (of the entrants) demonstrated a huge passion for their farms and the industry and what they have achieved to date is impressive," Mr Hawes said.
"The huge group of trainees is also spectacular and demonstrates that the region's dairy industry is in great heart.
"These young people are pretty focused on lifting their skills and knowledge so they can progress in the industry and they recognise entering the awards really does help them to achieve their goals."
- The Timaru Herald