Jared Crawford and wife Sara, of Riversdale, were thrilled
when Jared won the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards
Southland-Otago region's Farm Manager of the Year title in
Gore recently. Photo by Yvonne O'Hara.
The 2014 Southland Otago Farm Manager of the Year, Jared
Crawford, says he was ''shocked'' when he heard his name
announced during the New Zealand Dairy Industry awards regional
final at the MLT Event Centre in Gore on Saturday.
He and wife Sara stood on the podium with the region's
Sharemilker Equity Farmer of the Year winners Steve Henderson
and Tracy Heale, of Winton, and Dairy Trainee of the Year
winner Josh Lavender, also of Winton.
''I guess we wanted to be winners but it was a bit of a
shock,'' Mr Crawford said.
''We are the only managers in the six finalists as the rest
were contract milkers.
''We thought that might be bit of disadvantage but we are
He said his wife was thrilled.
''There is no way I would be able to do it without her,'' he
He also won the McIntyre Dick and Partners Leadership and the
Fonterra Best Practice merit awards. Woodlands contract
milkers Callum Stalker and Hanna Barley were second and
Aparima contract milkers Hadleigh and Jolene Germann were
Mr Crawford manages a first-year conversion 740-cow, 300ha,
300,000kgMS target property near Riversdale for Roger and
Tracey Miller and it is the second time he has entered the
He was pleased about the success for his employers as it was
their first year in the industry and ''we wanted to show them
how wicked'' [exciting and awesome] the industry was.
He worked in the industry for a year after leaving school,
then spent seven years gaining his plumbing qualifications
before he and Sara moved back into the industry for the
As he was from a dairy background, they wanted to raise their
family in a similar environment.
They have an 11-month-old son Lennox.
They hope to go 50/50 sharemilking in the next year or so,
eventually moving to farm ownership.
The Crawfords' field day will be at 160 Waipounamu Rd,
Riversdale, on March 27, and they will also be ''tweaking''
their presentation for judging, before going to Auckland in
May for the national competition.
- by Yvonne O'Hara