From Left: Northland Dairy Industry Award winners, Daniel Waterhouse, Colin and Isabella Beazley and Lorraine Ferreira

Local winner in dairy awards

by Paul Campbell

A Dargaville farm assistant has won a major title in the Northland Dairy industry awards. Daniel Waterhouse, 23 is a farm assistant on Brian Jackson’s 700-cow, 550ha Dargaville property and has been named Northland Dairy Trainee of the year, winning $5,550 in prizes and three merit awards.

“I entered the awards to overcome being shy and scared of public speaking,” says Daniel. “I wanted to improve my presentation skills for interviews and learn more about the dairy industry,” said Daniel, who is currently studying towards Primary ITO level three, and aims to complete as many farming courses as possible.

“I love being outdoors, working with animals and enjoy different challenges,” he says. “My aim is to climb the ranks within the dairy industry, with herd and farm ownership the ultimate goal.”

Colin and Isabella Beazley from Wellsford were named the 2019 Northland Share Farmers of the Year and won $7,927 in prizes plus four merit awards.

The other major winner was Dairy Manager of the Year Lorraine Ferreira.

The Beazleys have entered the awards twice previously and were third placegetters last year in the same category. They are 50/50 sharemilkers for Neil Jones and Wendy Crow-Jones milking 330 cows on the 163ha Wellsford property.

Winner of the 2019 Northland Dairy Manager of the Year competition is 31-year-old Lorraine Ferreira, who won $6,400 in prizes and four merit awards and a farm manager on Fonterra Co-Operative Group’s Hikurangi farm, milking 400 cows.