The benefits of entering the dairy industry awards go far beyond the great prizes to be won, says Karla Shaw, who with husband Ross is regional manager for the 2018 Central Plateau Dairy Industry Awards.
“When we entered, Ross I found that by far the biggest benefits are the people you meet, the friendships you form and the doors that can open.
“Entering initially opens one door but that leads to the opportunity to open three or four more doors in future.”
Karla says it takes courage to enter, especially for dairy trainees, but stepping outside their comfort zone is worthwhile.
“Entering gives you the chance to see how others farm and learn from their experience. It also introduces you to people who are willing to help you in your business.”
This year’s competition has attracted five entries in the Central Plateau Share Farmer of the Year Awards, eight in the Central Plateau Dairy Managers Awards and 11 Central Plateau Dairy Trainee entries.
Judging rounds are held this month and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner at the Rotorua Convention Centre on March 15. Tickets, which cost $90 per person can be purchased online via credit card at www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz