7 Mar 2011

Sharemilker regional titles won

1:43 pm on 7 March 2011

A couple from Central Hawke's Bay has won the Hawke's Bay-Wairarapa Sharemilker regional competition of New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.

The awards aim to support the progression of dairy farmers who work as sharemilkers, managers or trainees.

Richard and Joanna Greaves who have a 50% sharemilking agreement for a herd of 880 cows, won cash and prizes worth almost $12,000.

Contract milkers Brad and Chantelle McNaughton from Dannevirke won the region's Farm Manager of the Year title, at their first attempt.

Ben Smith, who works on a dairy farm near Takapau, won the Hawke's Bay Wairarapa Trainee regional title.

Meanwhile, Richard and Christine Sinclair from Feilding won the sharemilkers award in the Manawatu-Rangitkei Horowhenua competition.

Palmerston North farm manager Jason Halford took the farm manager title and Jason Walker is the regional Dairy Trainee of the Year.