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

 


Farm Manager Finalists Milking 5000 Cows

For Immediate Release
22 April 2014
Farm Manager Finalists Milking 5000 Cows

The eleven 2014 New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year finalists are together managing 5200 cows producing more than two million kilograms of milksolids.

“These finalists represent a group of dairy farm employees that work extremely hard and put in long hours to harvest the country’s sought after fresh milk in the most cost effective, sustainable and efficient manner,” National Convenor Chris Keeping says.

“The finalists are also passionate about what they do and are keen to progress their dairy industry career.”

The winner will be announced at the 2014 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards annual awards dinner in Auckland on May 9. At the sold out black tie dinner, winners will also be named in the New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year competitions and all winners will share more than $170,000 in prizes.

Mrs Keeping says the farm manager finalists include six farm managers and five contract milkers. Most have entered the awards before, with just three entering this year for the first time.
The youngest finalist, Michael Shearer representing the Taranaki region, is just 21 years old and is also one of the more experienced finalists having previously won the West Coast Top of the South regional Dairy Trainee of the Year title.

The oldest finalist is Robert Hartley representing the Central Plateau region. The 36-year-old worked in information technology (IT) before switching careers to dairy farming and is now managing an 865-cow farm.

Mr Shearer and Mr Hartley are among the nine males competing against two couples for the title. One of the couples, Thomas Blackett and Stacey Lepper representing Bay of Plenty, are also new to the industry having also changed careers. Mr Blackett was a design engineer at Fisher & Paykel and Ms Lepper was a laboratory technician at AgResearch.

“The financial gains possible and family-friendly lifestyle offered by the dairy industry is helping to attract more skilled and talented people to the industry. It’s great to see,” Mrs Keeping says.

The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DairyNZ, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra, Honda Motorcycles NZ, LIC, Meridian Energy, Ravensdown, RD1 and Triplejump, along with industry partner Primary ITO.

The 2014 New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year finalists are:
• Northland – Michael & Donna Carroll
• Auckland/Hauraki – Simon Player
• Waikato – Liam Zander
• Bay of Plenty – Thomas Blackett & Stacey Lepper
• Central Plateau – Robert Hartley
• Taranaki – Michael Shearer
• Manawatu – Sam Ebbett
• Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa – Nick Bertram
• West Coast/Top of the South – Jason Macbeth
• Canterbury/North Otago – Phillip Colombus
• Southland/Otago – Jared Crawford

Visit www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz for more information on the finalists.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

OceanaGold: Man Killed In Waihi Mine Accident

A 29-year-old man had died following a work place accident at OceanaGold mine, Waihi last night. The man was killed after the front end loader he was in rolled down a slope. The accident happened at approximately 6.30pm on Thursday night. More>>

ALSO:

Constructing Consent: Annual Housing Consents Highest In Over A Decade

More than 29,000 new homes gained building consent in the year to June 2016, up 16 percent from the previous June year, Statistics New Zealand said today. More>>

ALSO:

War Against Weevil For Future Peas: “No Peas, No Weevil” Ban Now In Place In Wairarapa

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has today placed a ban on growing peas within a specified area and placed controls on moving pea material (seed and untreated pea straw) within, in and out of this area for the next 2 years. More>>

ALSO:

Wood Producers: Crisis In New Zealand Log Supply

New Zealand wood processing leaders held a hui with senior government officials and political leaders in Whangarei yesterday to assess the acute log supply shortage to local mills in Northland. More>>

Consents And Taxes: Trustpower 'Very Disappointed' With Judgement

Trustpower is "very disappointed" with a Supreme Court ruling dismissing its bid to claim tax deductions on $17.7 million of project costs in a case closely watched by large-scale infrastructure developers. More>>

ALSO:

Fruitful Endeavours: Kiwifruit Exports Reach Record Levels

In June 2016, kiwifruit exports rose $105 million (47 percent) from June 2015 to reach $331 million, Statistics New Zealand said today. Overall, goods exports rose $109 million (2.6 percent) in June 2016 (to $4.3 billion). More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news