The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards

Farm Manager of the Year

Who is eligible?

The 2014 New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year competition caters for:

  • Dairy Farm Managers 
  • Contract Milkers 

Certain conditions must be met to enter this competition so you need to check your eligibility by reading our Conditions of Entry Conditions of Entry (pdf 267KB).

If after reading the Conditions of Entry you are still unsure if you would be eligible to enter one of our competitions, send an e-mail to: chris@nzdia.org.nz 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. 
  • To complete your entry, we require the permission of the Farm Owner and if applicable, the Farm Employer, which can be obtained electronically or in printed form.
  • When the Farm Owner/Employer’s permission has been received, you will be sent an email with further information about the competition.  At this point you will have access to the full Judging Criteria.  You will also receive a request to supply a photograph of yourself.
  • Once you receive your Judging Criteria, the preparation for on-farm judging can begin!


Judging Criteria

The full Judging Criteria will be provided when your entry is complete. Listed below are some of the areas you will be judged on and that an entrant should include in their presentation to the judges.

  • Farm Management (inc. Livestock, Pasture & Soils, Farm Safety & Health)
  • Environmental & Farm Dairy
  • Human Resource Management 
  • Financial Planning and Management 
  • Leadership, Industry & Community
  • Future Aims & Attitudes
  • Communication


Judging - Now that's scary!

  • Not really, all the judges in the competition are experienced in the field of farming and really just want to know about you and your farming career or business.  Many of our judges have entered competitions before and know how it feels to be 'on the other end'.
  • You may be surprised to learn that most of what the judges are looking for are the things you do every day in your farming lives!  You just need to tell them about it and in return receive valuable feedback. Take a look at our video which will give you an insight into judging.
  • You are allocated two hours for your on-farm judging. You might think two hours is a long time, but in reality it isn't!
  • Former entrants will tell you that it is beneficial to spend some time each week on your preparation for judging.  This way, you start to feel more confident of your ability to give a good presentation and to ensure you are well prepared for judging.
  • Use the Judging Criteria to work through each section to put together a presentation for the judges.
  • Entrants receive written feedback from their judges.  You may speak to your judges after the Regional Awards Dinner has been held.
  • In May of each year all the regional winners are judged by the national judging team to determine the overall winner and place getters at a national level.


Other information


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