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Celebrating the best of the NZ Dairy Industry

Learn, Connect, Grow. Stand out. Be rewarded.


Congratulations to our
2024 National Winners

Will Hinton and Kali Rangiawha- Share Farmers of the Year, 
Kieran McCahon - Dairy Manager of the Year,
Kirwyn Ellis - Dairy Trainee of the Year.

James and Debbie Stewart - Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award

Award Categories


Are you an up-and-coming dairy farmer aged 18-30 currently employed on a dairy farm full-time? The Dairy Trainee of the Year is a great way to learn and grow.

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If you're currently employed on a dairy farm full-time and looking to boost your career, you could be eligible for the Dairy Manager of the Year.

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Are you a self-employed, passionate farmer looking to improve your business and create future opportunities?

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The Responsible Dairying award recognises leadership and innovation. Please nominate farmers or farm businesses doing great work in the space so the can be recognised for their contribution.

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Why enter the
NZ Dairy Industry Awards?


Accelerate your learning and development, challenge yourself, raise the bar and climb your career ladder.

Stand out 

Stand out from the herd, showcase your skills and turn your passion and drive into something that sets you apart.

Be rewarded

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

Driving best practice and improving dairying tomorrow

With a proud 34-year track record, the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards celebrate the best in the New Zealand Dairy Industry. Driving best practice and improving dairying tomorrow, the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards runs a programme of over 60 events directly involving over 6000 people ranging from dairy farmers to rural professionals, rural businesses, and the wider rural communities. Entrants have the chance to challenge themselves, earn a regional or national title and share in substantial regional and national prize pools.


"What does responsible farming mean to us? It’s really all-inclusive, it’s environmental sustainability, it’s looking after the land, environment and water, it’s looking after the animals and our people."

- Cameron Henderson,  Recipient of the Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award 2023

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