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Award entries roll in
More than 300 entries have so far been received in
the 2013 New Zealand Dairy Industry awards.
National convenor Chris Keeping said she was
pleased with entry numbers and the level of
interest in the New Zealand Sharemilker/Equity
Farmer of the Year, New Zealand Farm Manager
of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the
''We are past halfway in our entry target this year,
which is great.
''I'm hoping for a rush of entries this week as our
early-bird entry prize draw closes on Friday,'' Mrs
Those who enter online before December 1 will go
into an early-bird entry prize draw to win one of
three Honda Duster XR125 farm bikes, each
valued at $4000. One farm bike will be drawn from
early entrants in each contest.
''It is a very practical and useful prize for three of
our early-bird entrants.''
Entries are being accepted online at dairyindustry
awards.co.nz and close on December 20.
Pine funding up
A longstanding effort to rid Mid Dome in
Northern Southland of wilding pine trees has
received a $300,000 injection from the govern-
ment's Community Environment Fund.
The news was announced at the Mid Dome
Charitable Trust's annual public meeting in
Lumsden on Tuesday.
Trust chairman Ali Timms said the trust would
match the funding, dollar for dollar, spending
$200,000 a year over three years on a specific seed
''We're just coming into year six and it's the most
positive I've felt about achieving our goal,'' she
The seed source programme aims to spray the
mature seed source trees on the western front
faces of Mid Dome, Ms Timms said.
''Until we deal to those trees we won't be able to
get on top of the wilding spread issue.''
Ms Timms said it was exciting to see some very
good tools becoming available such as basal bark
spraying and systematic chemical brews.
The public meeting, which attracted local
landowners, funding partners and stakeholder
groups, also welcomed a new trustee, Mark
Sutton, who replaces the late John Aspinall.
Southern Institute of Technology environmental
management students gave a presentation at the
Students volunteer a weekend of their time every
year to remove wilding pines from Jeff and Linzi
Keen's property near Mid Dome. Ms Timms said
the experience gave the students the opportunity
to develop hands-on skills. She said they work in
areas where the wilding trees are scattered and
would be expensive for contractors to clear. The
students remove some 8000-10,000 trees every year,
Synlait stands out to
scoop top farm award
Success: Synlait Farms chief executive
Juliet Maclean with Lincoln University
Foundation chairman Ben Todhunter.
By DIANE BISHOP
Canterbury-based dairy enter-
prise Synlait Farms has clinched
the 2012 Lincoln University
Foundation's South Island Far-
mer of the Year competition.
Chief judge Bob Simpson said it
was Synlait's blend of family-
based traditional farming prac-
tices with the very best of modern
corporate innovation and man-
agement systems that saw this
multi-farm company stand out.
''Synlait's approach to its people,
its stock and its land can be held
up as an example of what can be
achieved when good leadership
and people go hand-in-hand.''
Synlait Farms chief executive
Juliet Maclean welcomed the win
on behalf of her team members.
''In an owner-operated business,
at the end of the day what you've
achieved can be measured by
your own efforts,'' she said.
Synlait was founded by Ms
Maclean, John Penno and Ben
Dingle in 2000.
Ashburton farmers Deane and
Joanne Taylor were runners-up
and winners of the best presen-
They run a specialist mixed
arable property supplemented by
dairy grazing, store lambs and
breeding ewes, supplemented by a
spraying business and publishing
The other finalists were Gavin
Loxton and Sue Allan, from
Sawdon Station, near Lake
Tekapo, and Andy and Kate
Chapman, from upper Rakaia
Lincoln University Foundation
chairman Ben Todhunter said all
of the entries displayed true
leadership, excellence of practice
and innovation of the sort that put
New Zealand on the global map as
an international leader in agri-
The winners receive a $15,000
travel award to study farming
practice overseas and will host a
field day in the near future.
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