Nominations are open for a new award for dairy farmers who demonstrate leadership in their approach to sustainable dairying.
The Fonterra Responsible Dairying Award was added to the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards last year to recognise farmers who are farming responsibly, both environmentally and socially.
Awards executive chair Rachel Baker says many entrants in the well-established Dairy Trainee, Dairy Manager and Share Farmer awards are already doing this, but the new category provides an added opportunity to recognise those showing leadership and acting as role models in sustainable dairying.
“Responsible dairying is a way of conducting a farm business where actions and results demonstrate responsibility and sustainability,” she says. “The management and performance of people, farming system, finances, animal care and ecosystem are all important pillars of responsible dairying.”
Entries close on March 20 and nomination forms are available at dairyindustryawards.co.nz