The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards

Dairy Trainee of the Year

Am I eligible?

If you are:

  • aged 18-25 years at the close of entries for this competition year
  • currently employed on a dairy farm in a permanent full time capacity, and remain so until the conclusion of your regional judging
  • have not been employed for more than 3 years on a dairy farm from the age of 18 either
    continuously or in total as at 1st June 2016
  • have not attained above NZQA Level 4 or overseas equivalent in any field of study at the close of entries for this competition year
  • a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand resident at close of entries for this competition and
    meet the additional eligibility criteria as set out in the  Conditions of Entry Conditions of Entry (pdf 332KB).

Then you can enter this competition!

If you are unsure which competition you can enter, take a look at our Competition Reference Chart. If you are still unsure, then send an email to: chris@nzdia.org.nz outlining your circumstance. Please include a phone number that you can be contacted on.


How do I enter?

  • Fill out an Entry Form on this website during the entry open period.
  • 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 judging time 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.  Take a look at our video 'The Competition Journey' to discover a bit about what happens during judging.
  • There will be a preliminary round of judging held in each region, with six entrants progressing to the final round of judging.
  • Entrants will 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, they 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.


Judging Criteria

  • 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:
Dairy Trainee of the Year - Practical Dairy Trainee of the Year - Interview


Dairy Trainee of the Year

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