Dunedin-based AbacusBio and its managing director Neville
Jopson both feature among the finalists in this year's Beef and
Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards.
After being held in the South for the past two years, the
awards have been shifted to Napier and will be held on August
Dr Jopson is a finalist in one of two new categories - the
sheep industry science award, which recognises a project,
business or person undertaking science that is having a
positive impact on farming.
The other finalists are Prof Paul Kenyon, from Massey
University, and also Massey University.
AbacusBio, a consultancy and new venture development company,
is a finalist in the sheep industry innovation award, along
with Andy Ramsden, from Wanaka, and Wairarapa farmers Matt
and Lynley Wyeth.
Another new category this year is the sheep industry supplier
award, recognising a farmer supplier nominated by processors
for consistently meeting company specifications and other key
The finalists are Dave and Kay Stanley (Taupo), Mark, Rachel,
Sam and Karl Zino (North Canterbury), Horizon Farming Ltd
(Hawkes Bay), Shaun and Martina Lawlor (Gore), Bill and Sue
Garland (Waikato) and Landcorp Wairio (Wairarapa).
Leon Black, who retired earlier this year as Beef and Lamb
New Zealand's southern South Island director, is a finalist
for an individual or business making a significant
contribution to the New Zealand sheep industry, alongside
Steve Wyn-Harris (Hawkes Bay) and Roger Marshall (Marton).
North Island-based Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre,
Waipaoa Station Training Trust and Smedley Station and Cadet
Training Farm are sheep industry trainer of the year
There will also be a range of genetics-related awards.