Benefits don’t end with winning

The NZ Dairy Awards “just keep giving,” says Natasha Grindrod, who with husband Brett, is coordinating the 2016 Bay of Plenty awards.

The couple, who won the 2014 Bay of Plenty Sharemilker/Equity Farmers of the Year award, have now stepped up to the regional coordination role – and it’s one Natasha says they’ve enjoyed.

Natasha and Brett Grindrod are coordinating the 2016 Bay of Plenty awards.

“There’s a lot to do and we work with a fantastic committee. Through the coordinator’s role you get to network with those in other regions, as well as sponsors. It’s a great experience,” says Natasha.

Despite the tough financial times for dairying, five share farmers, 13 managers and 15 trainees have entered the Bay of Plenty awards this year.

“Entering in a year like this might seem hard, but everyone is in the same boat and judging is not just about financial performance.”

Entering the awards is an opportunity to take a long hard look at your own farming business, and have input from judges who have wide experience in the industry, she says.

Both Natasha and Brett were teachers before taking up dairying and the skills they learned from teaching have certainly come in handy in helping coordinate the awards.

The regional committee includes other farmers and also representatives from a number of industry-related companies and organisations.

Final judging in each of the three categories was carried out in February and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on March 18, at the Awakeri Events Centre. For more information and tickets, see


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