2016 Sheep Industry Awards finalists announced

Finalists in the 2016 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards have been announced.

The awards are now in their fifth year and Beef + Lamb New Zealand chief executive, Sam McIvor, said they were a great way to celebrate the New Zealand sheep industry and the farmers who produce the best sheep meat in the world.

“It’s right that we acknowledge the top performers and showcase our industry, which is a significant contributor to the New Zealand economy.

“These businesses and individuals can rightly take their place as outstanding performers on both the domestic and international business stage,” McIvor said.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Farmer Council national chair, Martin Coup, who also chairs the awards judging panel, said the New Zealand sheep industry could take heart from the high quality and quantity of this year’s nominations.

“The judging panel was particularly impressed by the calibre of individuals and businesses making a significant contribution.” 

The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards winners will be announced at the Copthorne Hotel and Resort Solway Park in Masterton on Wednesday 6 July 2016.

  • For tickets to the awards evening, please contact Penny Munro at Beef + Lamb New Zealand: email Penny Munro or call her on 06 870 3497.


Alliance Group New Zealand Terminal Worth finalists

  • Texel, Focus Genetics, Peter Strawbridge, Rotorua
  • Waikite, Lamb Supreme, Focus Genetics, Peter Strawbridge, Rotorua
  • SufTex, Mount Linton Station, Dave Warburton, Otautau

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Taylor Preston Terminal Trait Leader for Lamb Survival finalists

  • Kepler Lamb Supreme, Focus Genetics, Travis Leslie, Te Anau
  • Texel, Focus Genetics, Peter Strawbridge, Rotorua
  • SufTex, Mount Linton Station, Dave Warburton, Otautau 

Visit Taylor Preston website

AbacusBio New Zealand Maternal Worth finalists

  • Blackdale Coopworth, Blackdale Stud, Peter and Marion Black, Riverton
  • MNCC Coopworth, Edward Dinger, Cambridge
  • Twin Farm TEFRom, Twin Farm Ltd, Welsh Family, Gore

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B+LNZ Genetics Maternal Trait Leader for Lamb Survival finalists

  • Hazeldale, Perendale, Richard & Kerry France, Tapanui
  • Rangiatea, Perendale, Blair Gallagher, Ashburton
  • Snowdon, Perendale, Tripp/Veronese Partnership, Darfield

Visit B+LNZ Genetics website

Primary ITO Sheep Industry Trainer of the Year finalists

  • Dan and Tam Jex-Blake, Manutuke
  • Rex Newman, Napier

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Focus Genetics Sheep Industry Science Award finalists

  • Dr Peter Amer, AbacusBio, Dunedin
  • Dr Dave Leathwick, AgResearch Grasslands, Palmerston North
  • Dr Sin Phua, AgResearch Invermay, Dunedin

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Farmlands Co-operative Significant Contribution to the New Zealand Sheep Industry finalists

  • Derek Daniell, Masterton
  • StockCARE, Te Awamutu
  • Matt & Lynley Wyeth, Masterton

Visit Farmlands Co-operative website

Blackdale Stud Sheep Industry Supplier of the Year finalists

  • Bevan and Wendy Hopcroft, Gore, supplying Alliance Group Ltd
  • James and Jane Hunter, Waipukurau, supplying Lean Meats Ltd
  • Hamish and Sarah Ottrey, Tapanui, supplying ANZCO Foods Ltd
  • Waiwhenua Farms Ltd, Hastings, supplying Progressive Meats Ltd

Visit Blackdale Stud Sheep website

Ballance Agri-Nutrients Sheep Industry Emerging Talent Award finalists

  • William Gibson, Christchurch
  • Hayden Peter, Wyndham
  • Dr Natalie Pickering, Napier

Visit Ballance Agri-Nutrients website

Primary Wool Cooperative Sheep Industry Innovation Award finalists

  • Barry and Julie Crawford, Gore
  • Gordon Levet, Wellsford
  • Dr. Sheryl-Anne Newman, Mosgiel

Visit Primary Wool Cooperative website


For more information, please contact Beef + Lamb New Zealand Communications Manager, Jan Keir-Smith.