New date set for awards night

By Dairy News

THE GREAT South West Dairy Awards gala night will once again celebrate the south-west Victorian dairy industry on July 11 at the City Memorial Bowls Club in Warrnambool.

Originally planned for May, the awards were postponed following the devastating fires in March.

WestVic Dairy regional manager Lindsay Ferguson said the fires affected many people in the region and holding the gala night when so many farmers were still struggling with recovery was inappropriate.

“The WestVic Dairy Board and the team felt that it was not the right time to hold the event, so soon after the fires,” Mr Ferguson said.

“We wanted to make sure everyone has the chance to be part of the awards, so the decision was made to change it to a later date.”

On the night, the winners of this year’s categories will be announced during a three-course meal.

“The night is always a great chance to get off the farm and have a social night out,” Mr Ferguson said.

“It is important to recognise those who are passionate and dedicated about the dairy industry.”

The awards were started 12 years ago to promote the image of the region’s dairy industry and to celebrate those who use best practice in their farming.

They have grown over the years, while retaining their focus on employment and business management.

Nominations are open until the end of June for the Honour Board and the Farm Photo of the Year.

For more information about the awards and the gala night, go to the WestVic Dairy website or phone 5557 1000.