The best in New Zealand ram breeding were celebrated at an
awards function in Invercargill, last week. More than 300
people attended Beef and Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry
Awards - the second of what will be an annual event.
BLNZ chairman Mike Petersen said organisers had not foreseen
how popular the awards would be.
''It is great to see the sector embrace the awards so
enthusiastically,'' Mr Petersen said.
Five sector excellence awards and 10 genetics-based awards
The Blackdale Sheep Industry Supplier of the Year Award went
to Hugh and Judy Akers of Broadlands Station, suppliers to
Former AgResearch Invermay scientist Dr George Davis was
recipient of the Silver Fern Farms Sheep Industry Science
The AgITO Sheep Industry Trainer of the Year Award went to
Kevin Smith, of Middlemarch.
Animal Breeding Trust general manager Clare Callow was
presented with the Allflex Individual or Business Making a
Significant Contribution to the New Zealand Sheep Industry
Alliance Group Limited was awarded the BLNZ Sheep Industry
Innovation Award for 2013.
Two gold awards were presented in the genetics-based
categoriesGeorge and Kathryn Smith, of Tamlet stud, received
the Alliance Group Limited Terminal Sire Overall Award for
their Texel stud, near Wyndham.
The Telford - A Division of Lincoln University Dual Purpose
Overall Award - went to a Cambridge-based stud, the MNCC
Coopworth stud, owned by Edward Dinger. Results of the
genetics-based awards were calculated using ram breeders'
performance in SIL-ACE (Advanced Central Evaluation) - an
across flock and breed genetic evaluation of more than 300
ram breeding flocks.