Matt Redmond and Nicola Blowey with Colin and Isabella Beazley at the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards

Dairy Industry’s best

by Ann van Engelen

Canterbury’s Matt Redmond became the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year, whilst Nicola Blowey, also from Canterbury won the 2019 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year at the 2019 National New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards last Saturday.

Matt is the farm manager on Craigmore’s Pahau Flats Dairy Ltd — Landsend 232ha, 830-cow property at Culverden. He also won the PrimaryITO Power Play and the Westpac Personal Planning and Financial Management merit awards.

Judge Malcolm Scott from Westpac says Matt concentrates on all aspects of the farm, but his financial capability and thorough understanding of his finances really set him apart.

“Matt is goal-focussed and knowledgeable. He is not willing to just sit still; he wants to continually challenge himself to learn and grow. He has strong support from his wife Mel. He doesn’t just have business focus; he has life focus.”

Judges described Nicola Blowey as a confident, mature and compelling young woman.

“She has a mature outlook, and her communication skills were exceptional,” says Dairy Trainee head judge Jenny Sinclair.

“She has a sound general knowledge base and an ability to interpret farm reports and make recommendations from those.”

Nicola is employed by Matthew and Vanessa Greenwood as an assistant herd manager on Kieran and Leonie Guiney’s 600-cow, 175ha Fairlie property. She also won the Federated Farmers Farming Knowledge Award, the DeLaval Communication and Engagement Award and the Best Video Award presented by Streamliner.

The 2019 New Zealand Share Farmers of the Year Colin and Isabella Beazley from Northland entered the Awards twice previously and were third placegetters last year in the same category.