Home' NZ Dairy Farmer : June 2011 Contents THE winners of the 2011 New Zealand
Dairy Industry Awards have great peo-
ple around them, operate excellent
farm systems and run profitable, sustainable
Jason and Lisa Suisted (top cover photo)
were announced the New Zealand
Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year,
Jason Halford was crowned New Zealand
Farm Manager of the Year and Ben Smith
won the New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the
Year title at a gala dinner in Queenstown.
Six hundred people attended the awards
and more than $130,000 in cash and prizes
was given to the winners.
Sharemilker/Equity Farmer judge Jo
Bishell said the Suisteds were the "complete
package". "We got a really clear and concise
picture of their total business."
Culverden dairy farmers Alan and Sharron
Davie-Martin (inset: cover pic with Hamish
McDonald from sponsor KPMG, left), were
announced winners of the 2011 New Zealand
Dairy Business of the Year competition at an
awards ceremony held at SkyCity Hamilton
on May 17.
The Davie-Martins milk 495 cows on
140ha effective. They utilise a massive 92
per cent of their pasture and have an impres-
sive Return on Capital of 9.4 per cent.
The Davie-Martins also won the Low
Judged by Lincoln University's Professor
Keith Woodford and Massey University
Emeritus Professor Colin Holmes, the com-
petition, which celebrates excellence among
dairy farmers, attracted 65 entries.
As supreme winners the Davie-Martins
received a $6000 travel prize and attendance
at the Australian Dairy Business of the Year
Seminar, Awards and Finalists Retreat. They
will also compete against the Australian
Dairy Business of the Year supreme winner
for the Trans-Tasman Challenge in
Melbourne on June 22.
Winners of the regional prizes each
received $1000 cash, as did the three farm
system winners, and the Most Improved
repeat entrant to the competition.
All entrants received a comprehensive Red
Sky Farm Business Analysis Report that
highlights the strengths and future opportu-
nities for profit improvement in their busi-
Scott and Larissa Anderson (Waikato;
Medium Supplement); David Lister
(Canterbury, Most Improved); Andrew and
Lisa Hamilton (Northland); Alistair and
Margo Robertson (Manawatu/Taranaki);
Guy, Ella and Simon Broekhuizen
(Otago/Southland); and Don and Wilma
Schimanski (High Supplement).
The Dairyman JUNE 2011 5
IT has been a busy month for The
Dairy m an as we put together our Fieldays
issue of the magazine.
Every year Fieldays pulls out the stops
and we are treated to something completely
innovative and pioneering.
This year's Premier Feature -- Breaking
Barriers to Productivity -- reflects the spirit
of Kiwi ingenuity and the novel ideas farm-
ers have had in the past to increase produc-
tion and make their lives easier.
In the magazine this month we speak to
CRV Ambreed, which is breaking barriers
to production by launching a team of facial
eczema tolerant dairy sires. Years of
research has culminated in a genetic accom-
plishment that will hopefully mean calves
sired by the team will be more tolerant to
FE than others. A devastating animal health
problem, FE can cause economic losses of
$150 million in a bad year.
This month has been chock full of
Waikato sharemilkers Jason and Lisa
Suisted won the coveted title of New
Zealand Dairy Industry Awards
Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year
2011, just one week after the birth of their
baby boy. A family which has shaped their
farming life around their children couldn't
have said it better.
Cambridge farmer Chris Numan won the
Waikato Farm Manager of the Year, and is
looking toward a bright future in the indus-
try.The Dairy Business of the Year competi-
tion was also held at SkyCity Hamilton on
May 17, celebrating dairy excellence.
We spoke to Mark Shaw of Anchor
Jerseys whose family has farmed Jersey cat-
tle for four generations, and whose herd can
be traced back to those foundation cows of
And a company whose belief that a glass
of warm milk before bed can help you sleep
has triumphed after successfully marketing
a New Zealand milk product in Taiwan for
those suffering from insomnia.
Check out the NZ Rural Press site at the
Innovation Centre at Fieldays -- we'd love
to see you there.
Fieldays --- innovative and pioneering
By ANNE BOSWELL
Suisteds clinch top dairy award
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