Dairy Trainee of the Year
If you're currently aged 18-30 and employed on a dairy farm in a full-time position and haven't been employed for more than 3 years on a dairy farm from the age of 18 either continuously or in total as of 1st June 2023, then you may be eligible to enter the Dairy Trainee of the Year Award.
During judging you'll be assessed on your general knowledge, your practical skills and some fun tasks to keep things interesting.
Find out which category you are eligible for. See eligibility details below.
Create an Account (or Login if you already have one) to complete an Entry Form during the entry period.
Once we have permission, you'll receive an email with instructions on accessing our 'entrants only' portal. Here you'll find extra info including judging tips.
DTOTY Judging Process
1. SKILLS DAY REGIONAL JUDGING
Regional farm location
Check your regional judging dates to ensure you're free (you'll receive your specific judging date and time closer to your region's judging dates). The first round of judging includes:
6 hands-on practical challenges. Tasks are made up of a variety of levels
General knowledge task
3. NATIONAL JUDGING FOR REGIONAL WINNERS
At Nationals Week location
Half-day practical + interview
All regional winners
Regional winners 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. The final interview covers:
General Farming Knowledge - Dairy Shed Hygiene, Animal Health, Calving and Mating Management, Environment, Health and Safety, Feed Allocation and Feed Budgeting
Career Development - Career Aspirations & Pathways, Training, Goal Setting, Leadership, CV (Finals Round only)
Personal Development - Personal Interests, Community Involvement
Industry Awareness - Awareness of the dairy industry
Communication & Engagement - Presentation, Delivery of Answers, Ability to express an opinion, Communication Skills
NOTES ABOUT JUDGING
Check the Judging Criteria specific for each round of judging. Judges in your category are experienced in farming and want to know about you and your farming career.
All entrants receive
Hands-on practical feedback after each practical challenge and a summary feedback graph during skills day judging
Written feedback for the final round of judging
All entrants are also eligible and automatically entered into our coveted Merit Awards in each region, recognising excellence in specific areas.
Skills Day judging awards:
DairyNZ - Practical Skills Award
Final interview round judging awards:
Farming Knowledge Award
Communication & Industry Involvement Award