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Dairy Manager of the Year

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Am I eligible?

If you:

  • are currently employed on a dairy farm in a full time position, and remain so until the conclusion of the National Awards Dinner
  • have no equity in any dairy farming business and are not self-employed
  • Be a New Zealand citizen or New Zealand resident at close of entries OR Entrants with a New Zealand Work Visa are eligible to enter if they:
    • Hold a valid New Zealand work visa at close of entry and each stage of judging (valid New Zealand work visa needs to be sighted by Head Judge at each judging)
    • Have been employed full-time for a minimum of 2 years on a New Zealand Dairy Farm as at 1st October 2020 
    • Meet all other eligibility criteria 
  • Eligibility must be confirmed by full pdfConditions of Entry (pdf 213KB) . . .

Then you can enter this category!

If you are unsure which category you can enter, take a look at our Awards Programme Reference Chart. If you are still unsure, then use our Contact page to get in touch outlining your circumstance. 

How do I enter?

  • Create an Account (or Login if you are a previous entrant and already have an account) & fill out an Entry Form on this website during the entry open period.
  • To complete your entry, we require the Farm Owner's and Employer's permission (if they are different people). If you supply an email address, permission can be obtained electronically or alternatively, in printed form if they do not have an email address.
  • When permission has been given, you will receive an email from the NZDIA with details on how to access the 'entrant only' part of our website.  Here you will find more information about the category including 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 your region's judging dates, you will receive your specific judging date and time.
  • Judging takes place on farm, and is 1 ½ hours. There will be a preliminary round of judging, with five entrants progressing to the final round of judging.
  • The judges in your category are experienced in the field of farming and want to know about you and your farming career. Watch our video 'Awards Journey' which gives an insight into judging.

  • Entrants 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.

Judging Criteria

  • The judging covers the topics outlined on the wheel below, all of which you will be familiar with in your everyday farming life. Once entered, there will be more information about your category.


Assessment Tools

DairyNZ provide tools to help you assess your farm performance.

  • Farm Gauge - Identifies the opportunities in your business. Click here to try it. 

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