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THE Otorohanga district is well represented
in this year’s Waikato Dairy Industry Awards.
Sharemilkers John and Kathryn Blythe are
finalists in the Share Farmer of the Year category,
while Mikayla Walsh and Matthew Ferguson are
Dairy Trainee of the Year finalists.
The awards will be held at Mystery Creek on
March 10, with regional winners going on to the
national competition in May.
In total, 51 entries were received with 16 in
the Share Farmer of the Year category; 13 in the
Dairy Manager of the Year category and 22 in the
Dairy Trainee of the Year.
Awards regional manager Jade Millner says
the calibre of entrants is excellent.
“ The judges have been very impressed with
the quality of entrants and the pride, passion
and dedication they are showing towards their
properties and the dairy industry as a whole.”
Judges visited share farmer and dairy manag-
ers’ properties, while dairy trainee entrants un-
dertook an interview and practical skills module
before finalists were selected.
Awards general manager Chris Keeping says:
“ The regional awards are always a night of cele-
“ They not only focus on the regional winners
but also provide an opportunity to meet, network
and socialise with like-minded people who live
and breathe the dairy industry.”
For more information and tickets visit the web-
site – dairyindustryawards.co.nz
SHAREMILKERS John and Kathryn Blythe are finalists in the Waikato Dairy Industry Awards’
Share Farmer of the Year category. PHOTOS SUPPLIED
Four locals in
MATTHEW Ferguson and Mikayla Walsh are finalists in the Dairy Trainee of the Year section.
WAIKATO Regional Council staff are begin-
ning unannounced visits to dairy farms in the
region to check rates of compliance with effluent
“One hundred unannounced visits will be
carried out anytime from now so we can com-
pare compliance rates for announced and unan-
nounced visits,” says farming services manager
The council used to monitor compliance using
helicopters and unannounced visits.
In the past few years, it switched to doing an-
nounced visits as part of a new approach designed
to have staff working one-on-one with farmers
to make any necessary improvements to effluent
management systems and ensure compliance.
That approach has had a positive response
from farmers, but there has been criticism from
some that announced visits could enable farmers
to cover up bad practices.
Following that criticism, staff gained council
approval late last year to do 100 unannounced
visits over several months to compare compliance
rates of farms receiving announced inspections
and those getting unannounced visits.
“We’ll now be getting on with those unan-
nounced checks and hope to be in a position to
report back to the council by the end of the cal-
endar year on what we find,” says Mrs Botherway.
“In the meantime we really appreciate the very
positive work many farmers have carried out, in
consultation with council staff, to lift their man-
agement of effluent and protect our environment.
“It’s this sort of co-operation that we believe
can make a significant difference for our water-
ways and farmers who’ve invested in boosting
their environmental performance deserve much
WRC spot checks to restart
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