Lincoln University has recognised the efforts of South Canterbury dairy farmer Alvin Reid, who has given many years service to the university.
Mr Reid, who farms at Winchester, just north of Temuka, has been awarded the Lincoln University Medal.
He has interests in five dairy and dry-stock properties covering 1300 hectares.
The medal is given for "meritorious service" that staff members, former students and members of the community have made to Lincoln's fabric and reputation.
The citation for Mr Reid's medal says he has played a major role in developing two substantial initiatives, the South Island dairying development centre and the university dairy farm, which was set up in 2000.
He has also contributed to the wider dairy industry as a director of the Livestock Improvement Corporation and Dairy NZ.
Mr Reid is a past winner of the Lincoln University Foundation's South Island Farmer of the Year award.