Finalists strive to achieve dairy industry awards
The 32 finalists representing 11 regions in the 2022 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards have been found.
The National winners will be announced at a black tie awards dinner at Te Pae in Christchurch on Saturday, May 14, after the finalists complete a final round of judging.
The finalists will compete for a total prize pool worth around $200,000 and the honour of winning either the 2022 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year, 2022 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year or the 2022 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the year title.
General manager Robin Congdon says the 32 finalists from 11 regions are the cream of the crop from all the entries received.
“It was fantastic to attend the regional dinners and feel the excitement of the wins and see the journey each finalist has taken, both professionally and personally,” says Robin.
“We’re thrilled these dinners were able to proceed and the live-streaming on Facebook was well-received.
“The Awards promote best practice and celebrate all entrants and finalists. It’s not just about winning, it’s a programme of learning, connecting and personal and professional growth.
“This year, due to entrant withdrawals in the Share Farmer category in Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa and Manawatū, we trialled a benchmarking system in these two regions which allowed entrants to complete the programme and be placed accordingly.
“Places were determined by the overall score achieved, which was then benchmarked against the scores for places across all the regions and this resulted in a first and third place for Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa and a runner-up for Manawatū.”
Robin says there was a mix of gender, age, farming experience and career backgrounds amongst the regional finalists, along with
2022 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year finalists:
Northland Antje and Söenke Paarmann , 50% sharemilkers, 450 cows, Okaihau
Auckland/Hauraki Danielle Hovmand, contract milker, 270 cows, Patetonga
Waikato Brian Basi and Rachel Bunnik, contract milkers, 230 cows, Putaruru
Bay of Plenty Scott and Rebecca O’Brien, 50% sharemilkers, 650 & 250 cows, Galatea
Central Plateau Todd and Renee Halliday, sharemilkers & equity partners, 520 cows, Reporoa
Taranaki Murray and Rachel Perks, 24% VOSM contract milking, 445 cows, Hawera
Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa Jono and Kerri Robson, 50% sharemilkers, 350 cows, Waipukurau
West Coast/Top of the South Kevin and Kyla Freeman, 50% share milkers, 390 cows, Nelson
Canterbury/North Otago Will Green, 34% share milker, 1060 cows, Hinds
Southland/Otago Emma and Hamish Day, contract milkers, 700 cows, Mabel Bush
2022 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year Finalists
Northland Phillip Payton, farm manager, 350 cows, Te Hana
Auckland/Hauraki Jimmy Cleaver, farm manager, 360 cows, Rangiriri
Waikato Andrew Macky, farm manager, 320 cows, Ohaupo
Bay of Plenty Hayden Purvis, farm manager, 400 cows, Galatea
Central Plateau Satveer Singh, farm manager, 700 cows, Tokoroa
Taranaki Nick Besinga, farm manager, 526 cows, Auroa
Manawatu Joel Peterson, farm manager, 520 cows, Moutoa
Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa Amarjeet Kamboj, farm manager, 550 cows, Pahiatua.
West Coast/Top of the South Robyn Mare, farm manager, 310 cows, Greymouth
Canterbury/North Otago Jaspal Singh, farm manager, 800 cows, Waimate
Southland/Otago Laura Murdoch, 2IC, 230 cows, Mokotua
2022 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year Finalists
Northland Macee Latimer, farm assistant, 470 cows, Purua
Auckland/Hauraki Jamie McDowell, farm assistant, 326 cows, Rangiriri West
Waikato Edward Roskam, farm assistant, 230 cows, Okauia,
Bay of Plenty Thomas Lundman, farm assistant, 550 cows, Whakatane
Central Plateau Zoe Bryson, herd manager, 500 cows, Mangakino
Taranaki Kate Logan, herd manager, 350 cows, Auroa
Manawatū Amit Sujit, farm manager, 550 cows, Kiwitea
Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa Jacob Stolte, herd manager, 350 cows, West Taratahi
West Coast/Top of the South Lisa Peeters, herd manager, 400 cows, Hokitika
Canterbury/North Otago Peter O’Connor, 2IC, 900 cows, Mayfield
Southland/Otago Aidan Roe, farm assistant, 560 cows, Winton