At Honda we are honoured to be associated with such a great organisation. And very proud of being able to supply New Zealand Dairy farmers a range of products which are designed to perform in New Zealand farming conditions. Congratulations to all the contestants who were involved in this years awards.





2017 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year:

  • Winner – Christopher and Siobhan O’Malley, Canterbury-North Otago
  • Runner-up – Carlos and Bernice Delos Santos, Central Plateau
  • Third – Dion and Johanna Bishell, Taranaki
  • Honda Farm Safety and Health Award – Dion and Johanna Bishell


2017 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year:

  • Winner – Hayley Hoogendyk, Manawatu
  • Runner-up – Kerry Higgins, Canterbury-North Otago
  • Third – Rachel Foy, Auckland-Hauraki  


2017 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year:

  • Winner – Clay Paton, West Coast-Top of the South
  • Runner-up – Ben Haley, Canterbury-North Otago
  • Third – Taylor Macdonald, Central Plateau
  • DairyNZ Practical Skills Award – Taylor Macdonald

2017 NZDIA




The 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards winners and finalists represent a group of people who are acutely aware of environmental issues and the dairy industry’s role in farming responsibly. In front of nearly 550 people at Auckland’s Sky City Convention Centre last night, Christopher and Siobhan O’Malley were named the 2017 New Zealand Share Farmers of the Year, Hayley Hoogendyk became the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year and Clay Paton was announced the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year. They shared prizes worth over $190,000.

“There was an overwhelmingly strong theme among the 33 finalists competing for honours in the awards programme,” General Manager Chris Keeping says. “The finalists are acutely aware of the importance of farming responsibly, with regards to both environmental issues and animal management.  It’s extremely positive to see such dedication to these issues within the industry. Share Farmer head judge Neil Gray, from Thames, says the judges were impressed to see all finalists had a strong focus on environmental issues and they understood the impact agriculture has on the environment. “They had some fantastic systems to manage dairy farm effluent and were aware of the public perception around these issues as well.”

“There was also a strong focus on animal welfare coming through.  The condition and health of the herd was a priority for all finalists and they are genuinely aware of their responsibilities around animal health and welfare. That was definitely a strength for every finalist.” “This is my third year judging and it’s been wonderful to see the use of technology on farm increase over that time, and used so well. The younger people are using the advances in technology to their advantage and there is just so much you can do with it now, from data collection through to communicating with their staff.” He says the O’Malleys are an excellent example of how embracing technology can enhance on farm health and safety practices. “An example of this was their use of a free app to communicate with their team to notify them immediately of a new hazard identified on-farm. The New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are supported by national sponsors Westpac, DairyNZ, DeLaval, Ecolab, Federated Farmers, Fonterra Farm Source, Honda Motorcycles, LIC, Meridian Energy and Ravensdown, along with industry partner PrimaryITO. The 2017 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year winners, Christopher and Siobhan O’Malley, have a strong partnership on which to grow their business and to thrive on a challenge.

In winning the national title and $50,700 in cash and prizes, the couple demonstrated strengths in human resource and herd management.  They won three merit awards with the DairyNZ Human Resources Award, Fonterra Farm Source Interview Award and the LIC Recording and Productivity Award. “The O’Malley’s demonstrated very strongly that you can put together a high-quality herd of cows within a budget constraint.  They put a lot of effort into finding the right cows and travelled many kilometres in the car around New Zealand to find the ones they wanted.” “A clever, innovative idea to maximise livestock income that enabled them to come through a low-payout season without going into further debt. ”The O’Malleys, both aged 34 years, are 50% sharemilking 515 cows on Graham Brookers 138ha farm in Ashburton.

The runners-up in the Share Farmer of the Year competition, Ngakuru 50% sharemilkers Carlos and Bernice Delos Santos have a real drive and passion to prove themselves in the New Zealand farming sector. They also won the Ecolab Farm Dairy Hygiene merit award. “We walked into their cowshed and couldn’t believe it was over 30 years old, it looked fantastic.  They lived and breathed their philosophy that the cowshed was the place where they produce the finest quality milk that goes onto supply food for the rest of the world” says Mr Gray.

Taranaki 50% sharemilkers Dion and Johanna Bishell, aged 42 and 36 years, placed third in the competition, winning $13,000 in prizes. The Bishells also won merit awards in Honda Farm Safety and Health, the Meridian Energy Farm Environment Award, and the Westpac Business Performance Award. The judges noted they had outstanding policies and procedures right across their whole farm operation. Dairy Manager head judge Richard Kyte from DairyNZ says the high calibre of the Dairy Manager finalists made judging very difficult.

Clay, aged 23 years, won $11,095 in prizes and the Best Video Award.  He is 2IC on Brent and Michelle Riley’s 163ha Wakefield farm milking 450 cows. He grew up on and around farms, but didn’t envisage farming as his career until he began studying Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University.  Despite doing very well, he realised he was on the wrong career path, and shifted his attention to the agricultural sector. 

The Dairy Trainee runner-up, Ben Haley, also won the Communication and Engagement Award.  He impressed the judges with his ability to express himself clearly and is clearly passionate about the career he has chosen.  The 24-year-old Ashburton 2IC won $5000 in prizes. Third placegetter Taylor Macdonald is second-in-charge for Phil and Diane Herdman on their 470-cow property at Reporoa.  He was very knowledgeable about the issues facing farming and had a very mature outlook on where he wants to go as an individual. He won $3000 in cash and prizes, and the DairyNZ Practical Skills Award.

Visit www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz for more information on the awards and winners.