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About the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards

The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards celebrate the people, the innovation, the technologies and management systems that make New Zealand’s grass-based red meat industry world-leading.

PLEASE NOTE: Entries and nominations for the 2021 Awards are now closed.

We thank everyone for taking the time to submit a nomination or entering the inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards. The winners will be announced at an Awards Dinner in Napier on 2 February 2022. 

B+LNZ, along with awards partner Farmlands Cooperative, invite you to the inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards Dinner to celebrate the people, science, technology and innovation that makes New Zealand’s red meat sector world-leading.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards’ Dinner delayed

Uncertainty around COVID-19 alert levels has been behind the decision to delay the inaugural Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards’ dinner until early next year. It is important that everyone who would like to come and celebrate the entrants, finalists, winners and the red meat industry get the opportunity to do so.

Originally scheduled for 20 October 2021, the Awards dinner will now be held in Napier on Wednesday, 2 February 2022. We appreciate the support and understanding of our partners and the patience of our entrants, nominees and nominators.

Tickets will be available soon. Find out more about the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards Dinner.

About the awards

The new Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards evolved out of the successful Sheep Industry Awards which were an initiative of the Southern South Island Farmer Council and held between 2012 and 2017.

After a robust review involving key stakeholders, the decision was made in 2019 to develop a full sector awards including sheep, beef and dairy beef. The award categories align with B+LNZ’s strategy and goals and reflect changes in the red meat sector.  The awards aim to foster continued excellence, innovation and sharing within the sector.

The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards are a celebration of the red meat sector. They are an opportunity to showcase to the New Zealand public some of the amazing things happening in the sector and to tell our story.


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Why enter?

The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards recognises and celebrates people, businesses, organisations and innovation that make New Zealand’s red meat industry world-leading. Entering is easy using the downloadable form.

The benefits to entering include:

  • Having the opportunity to share your story and promote the red meat industry.
  • Being rewarded for your skills, knowledge and work.
  • Raising the profile of yourself or your business within and beyond the sheep and beef sector.
  • Enjoy the promotional and recognition opportunities as a finalist or winner.
  • Benchmark yourself or your business/organisation.
  • Reward your team for their contribution.


How many categories can I enter?

You can enter or be nominated for several categories, however, a separate application must be filled out for each entry/nomination.

What if I can’t complete all required information for a nominee?

It is expected that the forms will include the required information. Contact your nominee to seek the information required to ensure accuracy.

How much does it cost to enter?

As the Awards are part of  Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s strategy to champion the sector, there is no entry fee.

How much help can I get to complete an entry?

Feel free to enlist help from relevant parties to ensure accuracy. Entries will be judged on content provided rather than writing style.

How will the judging be done?

The judging process is outlined under the Categories tab. There are no onsite visits and no requirement to provide farm or business financials.

What will be expected of me if I'm selected as a finalist or if I win?

You will be asked, within reason, to provide photos, stories or videos as requested by Beef + Lamb New Zealand to help promote the awards, finalists, winners, and the sheep and beef sector.

Entrants agree to their details being shared with event partners to promote and leverage the event and their involvement.

Can I send supporting information with my entry?

Supporting information including photos, written info and videos can be provided to support your entry but is not required. Sufficient information should be provided in the entry form.

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