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Peter & Helen McLaren - Manager - Tutaki Dairy Farm - West Coast: 

from the NZ Dairy Industry Awards Trust Website

NZ Dairy Industry Awards 2008:

"...The 2008 West Coast Top of the South Farm Manager of the Year winner, Peter and Helen McLaren, and 2008 West Coast Top of the South Dairy Trainee of the Year, Tristan Wastney, were also announced at the awards dinner held at Shantytown last night.

All three winners will now compete for the New Zealand Sharemilker of the Year, New Zealand Farm Manager of the Year and New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year titles and a prize pool of more than $100,000 in Christchurch on May 24.

The farm manager winners, Peter and Helen McLaren, are managing a large herd of 1400 cows on a 450ha property at Murchison owned by Dairy Holdings.

It was the first time they had entered the contest, winning $6600 in cash and prizes. "We decided it would help us grow our business."

After being in the industry just under 10 years they say farm owners, Dairy Holdings, offer excellent opportunities and support.

"Dairy Holdings is a well structured company and offers good support and direction for their managers and staff. As they are an expanding company there are also many employment opportunities within the company.

"We enjoy the challenge of managing large farms and training and leading staff, and take pride in watching them grow within the dairy industry."

The McLaren's plan to increase production on the Murchison property to 400,000kg milksolids in the coming season and in 2009 take on a 50% sharemilking position while continuing to manage for Dairy Holdings....."

Article from http://www.dairyindustryawards.co.nz/media/media_300308 dated 30 March 2008.

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