Once entered, you will receive an email from the NZDIA containing information on how to access the 'entrant only' part of our website, where you will find more information about the competition including the full Judging Criteria and Tips for Judging.
What about judging?
Judging will be held through the months of January, February and March. Check your regional dates to make sure you will be around and not sunning yourself on the beach! Closer to your region's judging dates, you will receive your specific judging date and time.
Judging for this competition will be based on a level no higher than the National Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy) - Level 4. Watch our video 'Competition Journey' which gives an insight into judging.
There will be a preliminary round of judging held in each region, with six entrants progressing to the final round of judging.
Entrants receive a written Feedback Report from their judges, with finalists receiving a report from each of their judging rounds.
Regional Winners then progress to the National Final and in May of each year, are judged by a national judging team to determine the national winner and placegetters.
Preliminary & Final Round Judging
Preliminary Round - a 10 minute practical section and a 20 minute interview section. Six entrants will progress to the final round.
Final Round - a 30 minute practical and a 30 minute interview section, plus all finalists will be required to present a CV to the Interview Judges.
The practical section will cover every day farming tasks, and the interview section is kind of like a job interview. Once entered, you will have access to the full Judging Criteria, but this gives you a little preview about what to expect: