Southerners finish third in dairy awards

Hard workers ... The 2020 Southland/Otago Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmer of the Year winners...
Sam and Karen Bennetts. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Southland/Otago contract milkers Samuel and Karen Bennett placed third in the Share Farmer category at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards on Saturday night.

The dairy award announcements were made online after the traditional gala event was cancelled because of Covid-19.

The couple contract milk 630 cows on Andrew and Jenny Calder’s 223ha farm in Wyndham. They also won the Meridian Farm Environment Award.

The winners of the Share Farmer of the Year category were Wairarapa farmers Nick and Rosemarie Bertram.

Nick and Rosemarie, 33 and 27 respectively, are 50/50 sharemilkers on Barry and Carol McNeil’s 150ha, 440-cow Woodville property. Runners-up were Waikato sharemilkers Aidan and Sarah Stevenson.

Andre Meier, from Te Puke was named the Dairy Manager of the Year. Runner-up was Paul Mercer from Manawatu. Daisy Higgs, from Waikato, placed third.

Dairy Trainee of the Year was Grace Gibberd, from Newstead, near Hamilton. Runner-up was Sam Dodd, from Taranaki, and third placegetter was Tom Quinn, from Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa.

Hawke’s Bay/Wairarapa farmers Nick and Nicky Dawson were named the 2020 Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award winners and received the John Wilson Memorial Trophy.

Visit for more information on the awards and winners.


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