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Dairy Trainee of the Year

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Am I eligible?

If you:

  • are aged 18-25 years at the close of entries 
  • are currently employed on a dairy farm in a full time position, and remain so until the conclusion of the National Awards Dinner
  • have NOT been employed for more than 3 years on a dairy farm from the age of 18 either continuously or in total as at 1st June 2020
  • 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 pdf Conditions of Entry (pdf 332KB)...


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 have previously entered and have an account) and fill out an Entry Form on this website during the entry open period.
  • Once entered, you will have access to the 'entrant only' part of our website, where you will find more information about this Category including the full Judging Criteria and 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 for this category will be based on a level no higher than the National Certificate in Agriculture (Dairy) - Level 4.  Watch our video 'Awards Journey' which gives an insight into judging.

  • There will be a preliminary round of judging held in each region, with six entrants progressing to the final round of 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, are judged by a national judging team to determine the national winner and placegetters.

Preliminary & Final Round Judging

Preliminary Round - a 10 minute practical section and a 20 minute interview section. Six entrants will progress to the final round.

Final Round - a 30 minute practical and a 30 minute interview section, plus all finalists will be
required to present a CV to the Interview Judges.

Judging Criteria

  • The practical section will cover every day farming tasks, and the interview section is kind of like a job interview. Once entered, you will have access to the full Judging Criteria, but this gives you a little preview about what to expect:

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