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


Hauraki farmers urged to enter Dairy Industry Awards

Hauraki farmers urged to enter Dairy Industry Awards

A Ngatea sharemilker is urging farmers not to let the “big wet” put them off entering the Dairy Industry Awards.

Kylie and Michael Cox were named the Auckland/Hauraki Farm Managers of the Year in 2013.

Since their win, the highly motivated couple has progressed to a 900-cow lower order sharemilking position at Ngatea.

They also contract milk 500 cows as part of an equity partnership on a family farm at Miranda.

“This has been our most challenging season yet,” Kylie Cox said.

“The endless rain has affected milk production and mating, and has also been really tough on staff.”

Mrs Cox hopes the miserable weather doesn’t deter potential entrants.

“All of the entrants will be in the same situation, copping with sodden paddocks and poor pasture utilisation,” she said.

“Even judges have had sections of their farms flood.”

Mrs Cox credits the Dairy Industry Awards with fast-tracking the couple’s progression.

“The competition helped us expand and secure a bigger job, plus we learnt so much about our business.”

Kylie Cox is a member of the organising committee for the 2017 awards and is convening the dairy trainee category.

The Dairy Industry Awards has categories for new entrants to dairying, managers and farmers who are self-employed.

“The awards are a fantastic opportunity to network, focus on your goals and critically analyse your business,” said regional convenor Rosemarie Costar.

Entries close November 30th.


There are three categories for the Dairy Industry Awards:

• Share Farmer of the Year

• Dairy Manager of the Year

• Dairy Trainee of the Year

The Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DairyNZ, DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Honda, LIC, Meridian Energy, Fonterra Farm Source and Ravensdown, along with industry partner Primary ITO.

People can enter online at

© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Commerce Commission: Latest Broadband Report Confirms Improved Performance Of Premium Fibre Plans

The latest report from the Commerce Commission’s Measuring Broadband New Zealand programme shows that the performance of Fibre Max plans has improved substantially. This follows a collaboration between the Commission, its independent testing partner, ... More>>

Air New Zealand: Capital Raise Deferred

Air New Zealand has decided to defer its planned capital raise to later in 2021 allowing more time to assess the impacts of recent developments on the airline’s path to recovery. 'We’ve seen some clearing of COVID-19 clouds recently, with ... More>>

Commerce Commission: Cartel Conduct Now Punishable By Up To 7 Years’ Jail Time

Cartel conduct can now be punished with a term of imprisonment of up to 7 years, after the Commerce (Criminalisation of Cartels) Amendment Act 2019 came into effect today. Cartel conduct includes price fixing, market allocation and bid rigging (see ... More>>

Stats NZ: Auckland Population May Hit 2 Million In Early 2030s

Auckland’s population may rise from about 1.7 million currently to 2 million by early next decade, Stats NZ said today. “Auckland will likely have the highest average annual growth of New Zealand’s 16 regions over the next 30 years, from ... More>>

Stats NZ: March Card Spending Rebounds Despite COVID

There was a lift in retail card spending in March following a fall in the lockdown-disrupted February month, Stats NZ said today. Seasonally adjusted retail card spending rose by $53 million (0.9 percent), compared with February 2021. Visit our website to read ... More>>

PwC: Outcome Of Review Into Air New Zealand Gas Turbines Business

Air New Zealand has received the report into its Gas Turbines business from independent external advisers PwC. Air New Zealand Chairman Dame Therese Walsh says the report identified a range of effective controls in the Gas Turbines revenue contracting ... More>>

LPG Association: Renewable LPG Achieves Emissions Budgets With No Need To Ban New LPG Connections

Renewable LPG can supply New Zealand’s LPG needs and achieve the emissions reductions proposed by the Climate Commission without the need to ban new connections, a new study shows. The investigation, by leading consultancy Worley, was prepared for the ... More>>