B+LNZ Sheep Industry Awards open

The 2016 The Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) Sheep Industry Awards have just opened.

The awards, now in their fifth year, are an annual flagship event,where sheep farmers celebrate the top performers in their industry. The 2016 awards will be hosted in the Wairarapa for the first time on Wednesday 6 July 2016 at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort, Solway Park, Masterton.

In addition to recognising the sector’s top performing sheep farmers and ram breeders, the awards also champion the industry’s innovators and leaders.

Award categories cover genetics, production and business innovation.

Award categories:

  • Sheep Industry Supplier of the Year: Open to meat processors only to nominate their top supplier.
  • Sheep Industry Science Award: Recognises a scientist whose scientific advance has contributed to a more profitable and/or productive sheep industry.
  • Sheep Industry Trainer of the Year: Recognises a person delivering and encouraging the uptake and completion of formal and informal training programmes in the sheep and beef sector.
  • Sheep Industry Innovation Award: Recognises stand-out contribution to the industry. Judges are looking for examples of thinking outside the box and not doing what is always done.
  • Significant Contribution to the New Zealand Sheep Industry: Giving the sector a lift. Boosting confidence. Telling the beef and lamb story. Committed to environmental sustainability.
  • Sheep Industry Emerging Talent: Up-and-coming individual(s) in the New Zealand sheep industry focused on the future, with defined goals and ambitions that inspire others.

Genetic awards:

  • New Zealand Terminal Worth
  • New Zealand Maternal Worth
  • Terminal Trait Leader for Lamb Survival
  • Maternal Trait Leader for Lamb Survival

Scott ChampionB+LNZ Ltd chief executive Scott Champion says the awards are a great way to showcase the sheep industry and celebrate those who are making important contributions in a range of ways.

“These awards will acknowledge the introduction of better genetics in the New Zealand sheep flock that has seen production lift significantly with fewer animals and we’ll celebrate the innovators and trainers who are improving farming systems and developing our people,” he says.

Nominations should be in with B+LNZ by 5pm, Friday 15 April 2016. More information and forms here …

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