The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards

Dairy Trainee of the Year

Who is eligible?

Entry into the 2014 Dairy Trainee of the Year is open to anyone who is:

  • aged 18-30 years as at 31st December 2013
  • is currently employed on a dairy farm in a full time capacity
  • has not been employed for more than 5 years on a dairy farm from the age of 18 either continuously or in total as at 31st December 2013
  • is a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand resident as at 31st December 2013 of which proof may be required
  • and meets the additional eligibility criteria as set out in the Conditions of Entry Conditions of Entry (pdf 264KB).

If after reading the Conditions of Entry you are still unsure if you would be eligible to enter one of our competitions, send an email to: outlining your circumstance. Please include a phone number that you can be contacted on.

Here's how it works

  • Fill out an Entry Form on this website after 1st November but before 20th December.
  • Once your completed Entry Form is submitted you will immediately receive an email with further information about the competition.  This email will give you access to the full Judging Criteria.


Entrants must be available to attend judging on the dates set for your region.  If there are large entry numbers in a region, there will be a preliminary and finals judging round.  Take a look at our video which will give you an insight into judging.  You will receive written feedback from your judges, and you may speak to your judges after the Regional Award Dinner has been held.

Preliminary Judging

The preliminary judging round will include a 20 minute practical section and a 20 minute interview section.  The practical section will contain modules of every day farming tasks for you to complete.  The interview section will cover the following topics:

  • Career Development
  • Personal Development
  • Industry Awareness
  • General Farming Knowledge

Finals Judging

The finals judging round will follow the same format as the preliminary round, but with different tasks, different questions and a longer time of 30 minutes for each section.  All finalists will be required to present a CV to the Interview Judges.

You will receive correspondence from your Regional Co-ordinator in mid-late January providing information about your judging date, venue for judging and the judge's names.

Other information

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