Tim and Lorraine Johnson won the Otago sharemilker/equity
farmer of the year title in 2011. Photo supplied.
Lorraine Johnson is ready to counter any excuses people
may have for not entering the 2013 Otago regional competition
of the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.
The awards will be launched at a function at the Cross
Recreation Centre in Balclutha tomorrow at 7.30pm.
Mrs Johnson, who is regional convener, urged people to "come
along and launch yourself and your career".
"I think I'm ready for all the excuses, like being too busy,
too shy, business isn't good enough, on a new farm, too
inexperienced, farm or herd is too small and run down or our
system can't be compared.
"The answer is that people can't afford not to make the time
and gain from the personal growth and business development.
The competition isn't about being perfect. It is about
progress," she said.
Mrs Johnson and her husband, Tim, have first-hand knowledge
of the competition, after winning the region's
sharemilker/equity farmer of the year title last year.
The couple, who farm in West Otago, had an interesting
background, having run a gift and homeware shop in Wellington
for eight years.
The launch provided an opportunity for interested people to
learn more about the awards and the entry process.
Entrants in the sharemilker/equity farmer of the year, farm
manager of the year or dairy trainee of the year first
compete in one of 12 regional competitions.
Entries in the 2013 awards programme can be made online at
Entries close on December 20.
There was "so much to be gained" from entering, Mrs Johnson
"We think the awards are great and have enjoyed the
opportunity to meet a wide range of people as well as
motivate and encourage others to get involved."
Benefits included getting a "head start" in the employment
market and receiving feedback on business performance to
identify strengths and areas to develop, as well as gaining
some financial and business credibility with rural
It was also an opportunity to develop a wider network with
other motivated trainees, managers, sharemilkers, potential
equity partners and rural professionals.
There was an early entry incentive, with three Honda XR125
Duster farm bikes valued about $4000 each to be drawn from
those who entered online before December 1, with one farm
bike to be won in each contest. The national final will be
held in Wellington.