Service providers added to awards

By Dairy News

A new category will be added to the 2018 Great South West Dairy Awards, acknowledging the service providers in the dairy industry.

The new award is called the Service Provider Award and recognises those who show excellence in providing services to farmers, develop the capabilities of people within the industry, exhibit passion and commitment to enhance the reputation of the dairy industry and show active involvement in the local community, as well as the wider industry.

WestVic Dairy regional manager Lindsay Ferguson said the new award was designed to acknowledge those who serviced the industry at the highest level.

“The dairy industry is a vital part of the regional economy and service providers play an integral part in making sure it remains profitable and sustainable,” Mr Ferguson said.

The other award categories for 2018 are:

■ Dairy Farm Business Management Award (sponsored by the Gardiner Dairy Foundation).

■ Dairy Employer Award.

■ Dairy Employee Award.

■ Sharefarmer Award.

■ Young Dairy Leader Award.

■ Natural Resource Management Award.

■ Farm Photo Award.

■ Dairy Industry Honour Board Induction.

The Great South West Dairy Awards have been running for 12 years and celebrate the achievements of the dairy industry in western Victoria.

The winners of each category will be announced at a gala evening in May, which offers a chance to network and socialise.

Mr Ferguson said the Great South West Dairy Awards had become an important part of the dairy calendar.

“It is important to recognise those that are driving the industry and are striving to improve their own business, as well as the industry as whole,” he said.

“I encourage everyone to consider a nomination, for themselves or others.”

To find out more about the categories, phone the WestVic Dairy office on 5557 1000. Nominations close on Friday, February 23 and nomination forms are available on the WestVic Dairy website, or via email from