Josh Lavender, of Lochiel, was placed second in the 2014
New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards' Dairy Trainee of the
Year section, held in Auckland on Friday night. Fiancee
Chantelle Ross was there to support him. Photo by Yvonne
A Lochiel man Josh Lavender was named runner-up in the
Dairy Trainee of the Year category at 2014 New Zealand Dairy
Industry Awards in Auckland.
Second in charge on a 760-cow property, he won $3500 in
prizes at the event, which included an anniversary ball, held
at Auckland's Sky City Hotel on Friday night.
The category winner was 24-year-old Ruth Hone, of Taupo, who
was the first woman to win the title. She took home $18,400
Mr Lavender (26) and his partner Chantelle Ross became
engaged at Easter.
He said the awards night was a fantastic night and a great
celebration of the New Zealand dairy industry.
''All the winners were thoroughly deserving,'' Mr Lavender
The study tour was a ''brilliant experience'' for him.
''The whole opportunity to network with the other top
performers from around the country and hear how they went
about things and how they got to where they were was hugely
inspirational and encouraging for people like us.''
Southland-Otago 2014 Farm Manager of the Year, Jared
Crawford, from near Riversdale, won the leadership merit
award. Nick Bertram, of Featherston, was first, Simon Player,
of Kerepehi, second and Phillip Colombus, of Oxford, third.
Southland-Otago 2014 Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year
winners Steve and Tracey Henderson, of Winton, were unplaced
but Mrs Henderson won a gold medal in the ''Amazing Race''
around Auckland, which preceded the national awards.
Charlie and Jody McCaig, of Hawera, won the
Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year category, Kevin and
Sara O'Neill, of Waiau, was second and Duncan and Kim Fraser,
of Halcombe, third.
By Yvonne O'Hara.