THE GREAT South West Dairy Awards have once again set out to celebrate the dairy industry in south-west Victoria.
More than 100 nominations have been received so far, with nominations for the Farm Photo and Industry Honour Board open until April 24.
The award winners will be announced at an upcoming gala night.
Now in their 13th year, the awards have become the highlight of the dairy calendar and recognise the people that make the industry great.
WestVic Dairy regional manager Lindsay Ferguson said the awards were always a fantastic event to attend and spend the evening with like-minded people.
“There are so many people in our industry that go ‘above and beyond’ and it is important to recognise those in a formal way,” Mr Ferguson said.
“The fact that we received so many nominations highlights that there is a lot of positivity in our industry.
This year, the awards introduced a new category — the Service Provider Award.
The Service Provider Award 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.
Mr Ferguson said the new award was designed to acknowledge those in the industry who provide the highest level of service.
“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,” he said.
The other award categories for 2018 are:
■ Dairy Farm Business Management Award
■ Dairy Employer Award
■ Dairy Employee Award
■ Sharefarmer Award
■ Young Dairy Leader Award
■ Natural Resource Management Award
■ Farm Photo Award
■ Dairy Industry Honour Board Induction
For more information about the awards or to inquire about tickets, phone the WestVic Dairy office on 5557 1000 or email: