An intense round of judging is under way this month for the 34 farmers who have entered the 2018 Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards to select the finalists in the prestigious contest.
Regional manager for the awards, Jodi Mexted, says the number and standard of entrants is pleasing and the competition will be tough.
“Entrants have come from throughout our region and it’s great to see such a good spread of people taking part.
“What is also exciting is, because of the number of entries, we are able to dust off our third place trophy in the share farmer category. Last year we were only able to award the first place trophy.”
This year there are 12 entrants in the Dairy Trainee of the Year Awards, seven in the Share Farmer of Year Awards and eight in the Dairy Manager of the Year Awards.
“The total number of people entered is in fact higher than that, as a number of the entries in the share farmer and manager sections are couples,” says Jodi.
A highly-successful entrant and sponsors evening for the Bay of Plenty awards was held in Pongakawa in January, attended by around 100 people.
“We are fortunate to have so many local sponsors who support our regional awards, alongside national sponsors, and give back to farmers. We really appreciate their support and the entrants and sponsors night was a great chance to acknowledge them,” says Jodi.
The winner of the 2018 Bay of Plenty Dairy Industry Awards will be announced at a gala dinner at the Awakeri Events Centre on March 14. Tickets, which cost $85 per person, are purchased through the website at: www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz