This Award focuses on the excellent management of soil as well as the appropriate use of nutrients. A strong understanding of nutrient cycles and physical, chemical and biological factors will need to be demonstrated. Nutrient budgeting will be documented and understood. The impacts of nutrients and management practices on both surface and ground water will need to be well understood and managed.
View the 2017 Ballance Agri-Nutrients Soil Management Award winners here
This Award recognises the livestock farmer (other than dairy) who demonstrates in a practical way the choices that have been made to the farm for the long term. Considerations will be made around the wise use of land, labour and capital resource available or created. Stock will be well cared for. Stock class and type will be well suited to the land contour and soil type and managed appropriately to suit those soils.
View the 2017 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Livestock Award winners here
This Award recognises the approach that farmers take to accomplish the important management practices of operating a successful farm business. This will include the development, implementation and review of systems and processes and the degree to how these form part of the overall management of their business. This may include the use of industry professionals and networks and how they contribute to the sustainability of the business enterprise.
View the 2017 CB Norwood Distributors Ltd Agri-Business Management Award winners here
This award recognises innovative dairy farmers who demonstrate a strong commitment to managing, protecting and enhancing their environment. The award focuses on positive, long term, environmentally sustainable on-farm undertakings. Entrants will demonstrate high standards of environmental care and sustainable use of the land, stock, labour and capital resources.
View 2017 Dairy Farm Award winners here
Formerly known as the Harvest Award, the Hill Laboratories Agri-Science Award recognises excellence in the use of technology tools to increase productivity and minimise environmental impacts. A good understanding of soil and water protection should be demonstrated, with supporting measurement records. An active weed and pest management plan would also be in evidence.
View 2017 Hill Laboratories Harvest Award winners here
The Innovation Award is given in recognition of the identification and implementation of economically and environmentally sustainable farming systems. The Award recognises farmers and farming families who develop or embrace new technologies and systems and have an established record of advancing farm practices for improved outcomes.
View 2017 Massey University Innovation Award winners here
The WaterForce Integrated Management Award recognises the farm who has developed and implemented integrated water management systems and processes for water used within their farming system. This Award will take into account the design of systems and the efficiency of monitoring water usage, water saved and cost effectiveness in any land based farming system.
View the 2017 WaterForce Integrated Management Award winners here
This new award recognises the efforts of land managers to successfully control animal predators to achieve native biodiversity development. This award takes into account the extent to which farmers and growers have systems in place for reducing predator populations including possums, rats, feral cats, ferrets, weasels and stoats.