The 16th of April saw VETPlus at the Blue Lake again with several teams and individuals competing to complete 21 km walks, team and individual off road triathlons, and Karl managing to lumber around the lake once.
Graeme, Malcolm and Gerald finished their assigned legs in the team event with 2 training sessions between the 3 of them—a sterling effort considering the imprudent preparation which would have resulted in some very sore legs for the few days after. Fanny and Sarah C both competed their first open water swims which showed great determination and effort to get from non swimmers a year ago to finishing the 1 km lap.
Treena, Jenni and Treena’s daughter Emily got things off to an early start with the 21 km walk, after getting us set up at the lake front with the VETPlus tent and barbeque. The next off were Don and Andrew in the individual triathlon with Andrew coming in before Don but Don taking the honors with the pre-agreed age handicap! Well done Don, but the handicap system will have to be up for review next year.
But the main achievement of note was Sarah Stephen (our relatively new small animal vet in Taupo) on her first ever competitive run had a faster time than both Gerald and Graeme!
Thanks to Scott Anderson for bolstering the
Reporoa team again and to Kim from Pack and Pedal for helping the Taupo CA team.
It was another great day with good venison steaks, beers and bubbles, sore legs and lots of laughs.
Oh and Reporoa took out the inter-clinic team title with Rural and Pets having to stump up the wine for the winners for not entering teams from their clinics.
Congratulations to all the entrants in the awards this year, from the Trainees, Dairy Managers, and Share Farmers.
For the Share Farmers, the competition is a valuable process through which entrants develop in-depth knowledge of their farming business and practices as it forces them to document and evaluate every aspect of their operation.
I had the pleasure of being part of the judging team for the preliminary round of the Share Farmer competition this year, and this was a great experience to see the varied farm systems and implementation strategies within the entrants - especially when looking forward and mapping a recovery plan from the last two financially difficult seasons.
I would encourage those of you in this category (this now includes contract milkers, variable order sharemilkers, 50/50 sharemilkers, and equity managers) to consider entering in the future years.
Apart from the potential to win the competition, the focus that the preparation brings to your operation can be extremely rewarding. The idea is that your farming business will benefit from the increased scrutiny that you will place on your methods and why you do this.
If anyone would like to discuss the competition and how it works, please feel free to contact me. Daniel Sullivan, VETPlus - 027 222 4025.
We would like to congratulate the winners in their respective categories:
Dairy Trainee of the Year
Winner Olivia Wade
Runner Up Claudia Odlin
Third Liam Sangster
Dairy Manager of the Year
Winner Leighton Swan
Runner Up Anthony Kiff
Third Josh Strugnell
Share Farmer of the Year
Winner Ross & Karla Shaw
Runner Up Matt & Kellie Fowlie
Third Carlos & Bernice Delos Santos