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Up for a Challenge?

The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards attracts farmers from across the country, working in all levels of the dairy industry. Our three award categories give entrants the chance to challenge themselves, earn a regional or national title and to share in substantial regional and national prize pools.

Best Career Decision

Many previous winners say entering the Awards was one of the best career decisions they have made.

"We grew professionally and personally just from entering. You hear that so often from previous entrants, and the truth is, you really do” - Carlos and Bernice Delos Santos 2017 Central Plateau Share Farmers of the Year winners and national runners-up.

“Winning was a bonus. Looking back now, the certificates and articles were a small aspect of the success. The bigger picture is the connections we made and the huge success that we have today.” - 2016 West Coast Top of the South Share Farmers of the Year Jesse Huffman and Renee Mason.

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The Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award 

Nominations Open 1st February 2019 and Close 20th March

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Why enter the Dairy Industry Awards?

Learn, grow, succeed

Through the awards programme, entrants learning and development is accelerated. It is a place to challenge yourself, raise the bar and climb that career ladder. 

Stand out 

Showcase your skills - stand out from the herd! Take your passion and drive, and turn it into something that sets you apart.   

Be rewarded

Improve your career prospects and upgrade your business skills. Be rewarded for your hard work with prize money, recognition and industry exposure. 

How to enter