Entries are now open for the 2023 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards which celebrates the people, innovation, science and technologies that make New Zealand’s red meat sector world-leading.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s CEO Sam McIvor says entries opened on 1 June and he is encouraging anyone working within the red meat industry to consider either entering or nominating someone, or an organisation, who is making a difference at any stage of the red meat supply chain.
“Think about your farm staff, the teachers, the mentors, the scientists, the community leaders, the local heroes, the breeders, the people who develop the technologies that make your life easier, the sector champions, the marketers and those who support farmer health and well-being and nominate them for an award.”
He says there are eight category awards, four of which are people focused and four industry focused. Entries will close at the end of July with judging taking place throughout August. The Awards Showcase will be held at Te Pae Convention Centre in Christchurch on 19 October.
Mr McIvor says it has been a tough year for the primary sector with extreme weather events coming on top of concern about the raft of government environmental policies, rising interest rates and soaring input costs.
“The B+LNZ Awards gives us the opportunity to take stock and celebrate the fantastic people and work happening in our sector. We have so much to be proud of and the Awards gives us the chance to showcase our sector to our peers and the wider public.”
Mr McIvor says he is pleased that Farmlands is once again the Awards partner, who along with the eight category sponsors, know how important it is to recognize the immense pool of talent within our sector.
Farmlands’ CEO Tanya Houghton says the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards are a great way to celebrate the people, the innovations and the systems that make New Zealand’s grass-based red meat industry so advanced.
“Like Beef +Lamb New Zealand, we’re supporting a sustainable and profitable sheep and beef industry by offering the sector the best value possible as a buying group. We’re really pleased to continue to support the Awards, and acknowledge the achievements of everyone who contributes to the red meat industry and to the success and well-being of our farmers and their communities.”
Help shine a spotlight on our people and our sector. Think about the people in your circles making an impact and nominate them for one of the eight B+LNZ Awards categories. Entry is free. All information about the Beef + Lamb Awards can be found on B+LNZ’s website here: www.beeflambnz.com/awards
For more information, please contact Sandra Taylor at Sandra.Taylor@beeflambnz.com or 021 151 8685.