Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search


Te Puke Farm Manager Regional Award


Media Release
17 April 2003


Providing ongoing support, training and skill development to staff has helped earn Te Puke farmer Shanan Wadsworth the top dairy farm manager award for the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato.

Mr Wadsworth won the RD1 Farm Manager Award category at the Fonterra Westpac Dairy Excellence Awards in Rotorua last night.

The 25-year-old will now go on to compete against six others for the national farm manager title in Hamilton on June 27, which recognises emerging talent in the industry and offers $5000 in prizes.

Mr Wadsworth says he prides himself on ensuring staff members are valued by providing opportunities for them to increase their capabilities, which helps to ensure farm and animal appearance and production operates at an optimum level.

He is in his eighth season as farm manager on Colin and Dale Armer's 220ha Te Puke dairy farm, and oversees a herd of 800 cows.

"As I have been employed by Armer farms for such a long period I have been entrusted with the discretion to make many of the farming decisions myself.

"This has included budget allocations, and staffing."

Mr Wadsworth says the great working relationship he has established with the Armers, and staff, has allowed them to work towards the same goals, including retaining workers through positive staff relationships.

"Everyone is valued, respected and challenged, giving each team member self-esteem and confidence," Mr Wadsworth says.

"Growth in skills and knowledge is encouraged at each individual's level of capabilities."

The farm manager award has been introduced to the Fonterra Westpac Dairy Excellence Awards - which have the support of Dexcel and are sponsored by Fonterra, Westpac, Holden, Pioneer, Ravensdown, RD1, DTS, Livestock Improvement, and Fegan and Co - to recognise the important role farm managers play in the industry.

The awards are run in seven regions, with the winners of the farm business and farm manager categories in each region progressing to the national final.

Tickets are available on 0800 273 759 or online at where further information on the awards is also available.

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Gita Hits NZ: 'It Was Literally Like A Wall Of Water'

"We were looking at the river at 80 cubic metres at about 4pm thinking it was amazing that we'd dodged the bullet ... an hour and a half later it was 600 cubic metres, and it just kept going up to 900 from there." More>>


America's Cup: Another Day, Another Cup Village Plan

A fourth option modelling what an America's Cup Village in Auckland might look like has arrived today as a planning deadline nears with no agreement in sight.More>>

Closing Or Selling Regionals: Fairfax Starts NZ Endgame

Fairfax Media Group will close or sell 35 percent of its New Zealand print titles as the Australian group pursues a digital strategy for the kiwi unit, now rebranded Stuff. More>>

Fletcher Building: Norris Steps Down As Chair After New $486M Loss Provision

Ralph Norris will step down as chairman of Fletcher Building after the company took a further $486 million provision for project losses at its Building + Interiors unit and said 14 of the unit's 73 projects, worth $2.3 billion, are loss-making or 'on watch'. More>>


WWF: Concerns With Suggestion To “Scrap” Fishing Monitoring

“Our Pacific neighbours, like Fiji and the Solomon Islands, are making this work with far less economic resources than New Zealand. There’s no reason the government can’t get this done by October.” More>>


Stink one!: Stink Bug Invasion Could Cost NZ Billions

An invasion of the brown marmorated stink bug - the pest discovered recently in three Japanese car shipments - would devastate New Zealand's fruit, vegetable and wine industries, destroying more than $4 billion of export value and costing thousands ... More>>