Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year
Who is eligible?
The 2013 New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year competition is open to:
- Percentage Sharemilkers.
- Dairy Farm Managers who own up to 50% of the total farm business in which they are employed.
- Contract Milkers who own up to 50% of the total farm business in which they also hold the Contract Milking agreement.
- Lessee's of an operating dairy farm business who may own up to 50% of the business for which they hold the lease agreement.
Entrants need to ensure they meet all eligibility criteria for this competition which can be found in the Conditions of Entry (pdf 457KB).
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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Farm Owner's permission which can be done electronically or in printed form.
- When the Farm Owner's permission has been received, you will be sent an e-mail 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 copy of your previous year's financial accounts and some photographs.
- Once you receive your Judging Criteria, the preparation for on-farm judging can begin!
Detailed judging criteria will be provided after your entry has been completed. The following is a brief outline of some of the areas you will be judged on and that an entrant should include in their presentation to the judges.
- Farm Environment
- Human Resources
- Making the Most of the Property
- Farm Safety and Health
- Farm Dairy Hygiene
- Future Aims and Attitudes
- Family and Community Interests
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 their valuable feedback. Take a look at our new 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 after the Awards Dinner.
- 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.
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