Finalists named in Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards

Sam McIvor
Sam McIvor.

Leading farmers, scientists, a retired sheep breeder and a ground-breaking stock trading company are among the finalists selected in this year’s Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ Ltd) Sheep Industry Awards.

This year’s Awards feature five people-related categories in which finalists were selected by a team of judges representing the farming and agribusiness industries.

The ‘people’ awards sit alongside the Supplier of Year Award, where processing companies nominate a top supplier and four genetics awards, in which the top three animals in each category are selected through the B+LNZ Genetics evaluation.

B+LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor says the Sheep Industry Awards are an opportunity to recognise – and celebrate – the many people who, through their work, have made a significant difference to the productivity and performance of this country’s sheep flock.

“A successful sheep industry is built on the combination of people and animals and how they are brought together successfully. Our sheep genetics set the potential for what can be achieved and it’s the expertise and commitment of the people applied across the value chain from conception to consumption where that potential is realised.”

The winners will be announced at a gala dinner at Ascot Park in Invercargill on Wednesday, 5 July and anyone with an interest in the sheep industry is welcome to attend. B+LNZ levy payers are entitled to two complimentary tickets. The event will also be live streamed. For more information and to register for the awards dinner go to

The finalists are:

  • Beef + Lamb New Zealand Significant Contribution to the New Zealand Sheep Industry Award – Tony Parker, retired Romney breeder, Havelock North; Tim Anderson, Perendale breeder, Parnassus; Julia Aspinall, artificial breeding services and SIL bureau operator, Invercargill.
  • Tru-Test Sheep Industry Innovation Award – StockX-technology-based stock trading platform, Havelock North; Mark Warren, first farmer in the world to receive Global Animal Partnership accreditation for lamb, Hawkes Bay.
  • Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Trainer of the Year Award – John and Liz Chittock, Jeffs Farm, Gore; Rex Neuman, teacher, Napier; AgriWomen’s Development Trust, Wairarapa.
  • Ballance Agri-Nutrients Sheep Industry Emerging Talent Award – James Hoban, farmer, North Canterbury; Nadia McLean, consultant, Dunedin; Hayden Peter, farmer, Southland.
  • Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Science Award – Prof Derrick Moot, Lincoln University; Dr Michael Lee, Otago University; Dr Ken Dodd, AgResearch, Invermay.
  • Blackdale Stud Supplier of the Year Award – Wilson and Gaylene Ronald, Alliance supplier, Southland; James Bull Holdings Hunterville Pastoral, AFFCO supplier, Hunterville; Richard and Alan Hore, Silver Fern Farms supplier Roxburgh.


  •  AbacusBio New Zealand Maternal Worth (NZMW) Award – Kelso Maternal, Matt & Emma Holden, Hastings; Tamlet Romney, George & Kathryn Smith, Wyndham; Twin Farm TEFRom, Andrew and Katherine, Russell and Pam Welsh, Gore.
  • Maternal Trait Leader for Parasite Resistance Award – Nikau Coopworth, Kate Broadbent, Tuakau; Nithdale Romney, Andrew and Heather Tripp, Gore; Romani Coopworth, Ross Richards, Taumarunui.
  • Alliance Group New Zealand Terminal Worth (NZTW) Award –Waikite Texel, Focus Genetics, Peter Strawbridge, Reporoa; Waikite FocusPrime™, Focus Genetics, Peter Strawbridge, Reporoa; Glengarry Poll Dorset, Ross & Ben Pratt, Manawatu.
  • Terminal Trait Leader for Lamb Growth Award –Glengarry Poll Dorset, Ross and Ben Pratt, Manawatu; Waikite FocusPrime™, Focus Genetics, Peter Strawbridge, Reporoa; Rosebank FocusPrime™, Focus Genetics, Barry and Julie Crawford, Gore.

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