Nominations open for 2017 B+LNZ Sheep Industry Awards

Nominations are open for this year’s Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards which celebrate the people and the science which makes the industry world-leading.

Beef + Lamb NZ (B+LNZ Ltd) chief executive Sam McIvor urges all sheep farmers – and those working within the sector – to consider either entering themselves or their colleagues in this year’s awards.

“The Awards help highlight the depth of talent and innovation within this country’s sheep industry and are a way to celebrate the outstanding productivity gains the industry has made, particularly over the past 30 years.”

This year there are five ‘people’ Awards up for grabs. These include the Significant Contribution to the New Zealand Sheep Industry Award, the Sheep Industry Emerging Talent Award and the Industry Innovation Award which recognises a farmer or farming business that has delivered innovation that has helped increase on-farm profitability and resource-use efficiency.

The Sheep Industry Science Award recognises a scientist whose work has contributed to a more profitable and or productive sheep sector and the Sheep Industry Trainer of the Year rewards a person delivering and encouraging the uptake and completion of formal and informal training programmes.

McIvor says the Training Award acknowledges the great work being done on farms and in training institutions around the country in teaching and encouraging young shepherds.

Last year a Gisborne-based farming couple Dan and Tam Jex-Blake won the Trainer of the Year Award in recognition of their informal on-farm training programme and he encourages anyone working with young people within the sheep industry to consider putting their names forward for this important award.

Alongside these awards are four genetic categories where the winners are the top sires selected from SIL-ACE generated data. This year’s categories are the New Zealand Terminal Worth, Terminal Trait Leader for Lamb Growth, Maternal Trait Leader for Parasite Resistance and New Zealand Maternal Worth.

The final award is the Sheep Industry Supplier of the Year. Meat processors nominate one premier supplier and judges will select an overall winner who consistently supplies stock that meets customers’ needs.

Enter the awards

Nominations for all the Awards close on Friday 19 May and a judging panel made up of farmers and industry representatives will select the finalists and winners in each of these people categories. Download a form here.

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