Award winners’ journey over the last 12 months

Kevin and Nicole aren’t afraid to take risks. Photos: Kevin and Nicole Oppert/DIA.

The couple won the Central Plateau Share Farmer of the Year award for the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards in 2023.

“Our last 12 months have been in full swing, we have had many great offers and opportunities come to us. We have learnt a lot about ourselves our business and our career path where we want to head for the near future. We have taken on board all the judge's feedback.”

The last 12 months have been about “bigger opportunities that can grow our knowledge and portfolio”.

After the awards, Kevin and Nicole sat down and went over everything together. “We have always had our areas in farming Nicole sticks to the causal on farm help when needed, calves and office work. Kevin has learnt more about the financials. Kevin is the hands-on man, Nicole has learnt more about the pasture and soils.”

When asked if the pair would be entering the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards for 2024, they say, “No we cannot enter again as part of the requirements but we highly recommend anyone thinking of giving it a go to just do it, it’s an incredible experience and you learn and gain a lot from it all. Such a great way to network with great-minded people in the industry.”

When asked what makes the pair stand out in the industry they say, “It’s not that we stand out or better than anyone else, we aren’t afraid to take risks that are going to improve our business and or develop ways of farming. We would give anything a go once if we think it's profitable and will improve our business.”

Kevin and Nicole’s advice others in the industry is not to be afraid to take risks and put yourselves out there.

“There’s no one set way to for the same outcome, don’t be afraid to take different paths. Networking is a great tool in farming, going to discussion groups meeting new people.”


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