Chief Operating Officer for Fonterra Farm Source Miles Hurrell says the awards are worthy recognition for the Co-op’s farmers.
“Our farmers have a proud history in the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards and it’s great to see them once again acknowledged for all the hard work they put in.
“The Awards are a celebration of New Zealand’s dairy industry and I would like to congratulate not just the winners but also all those who took the time to enter”, says Miles.
“It’s particularly pleasing to see numerous entries and strong performances from the younger generation as those taking part the Trainee of the Year competition are the future of our industry.”
A new award to recognise dairy farmers who demonstrate leadership in their approach to sustainable dairying will also be presented at the National Final awards dinner in May.
The Fonterra Farm Source Responsible Dairying Award will recognise those dairy farmers who are respected by their farming peers and their community for their attitude to and role in sustainable dairying.
The farmer could come from any of New Zealand’s milk suppliers to be eligible for the award. The inaugural winner will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at the National Final awards dinner.
Fonterra Farm Source is a major sponsor of the NZ Dairy Industry Awards, along with Westpac, DairyNZ, Delaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Honda Motorcycles, LIC, Meridian Energy and Ravensdown along with industry partner Primary ITO.