Sponsor Funding

Dairy Business of the Year is sponsor-funded and supported by many companies allowing entry prices to be highly subsidised, as well as offering prizes for the top-performing businesses. With the added support of these companies we have regional committees throughout New Zealand ensuring each region has a support team. Gold Sponsors; Headlands (part of the Intelact Group) and Ministry for Primary Industries offer a high level of input and funding and are highly supportive of the events.  Silver Sponsor; Nutrinza - The Science of Animal Feed.  Bronze Sponsors; MineralBoost, AfiMilk, Volac, HSR Seeds, Dairy Farmer and Dairy Exporter are very excited about the opportunities that DBOY gives farmers from all spectrums, offering funding and vouchers as awards for top performers. Supporting Sponsors; No8HR undertake the people management assessment and review. We are very proud to have both Dairy Farmer and Dairy Exporter as our key media partners and they ensure we are well covered in the press.  All sponsors are enthusiastic about Dairy Business of the Year and hope farmers take up the opportunities they have funded and supported.

Wanting to Sponsor DBOY?

If you are interested in sponsoring Dairy Business of the Year, or would like any more information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact DBOY Relationship Manager, Jono Buchly, for more information.
Phone 027 202 7034 or email team@dboy.co.nz

Gold Sponsors


Headlands, as part of the Intelact Consultancy Group, has been involved with Dairy Business of the Year since its inception in 2007.  Headlands is committed to DBOY because the competition is based on a quantitative and transparent analysis of the farm performance across the three core business pillars. Defining business financial, environmental and human resources performance, and benchmarking that achievement against industry peers, is a cornerstone methodology in ensuring resilience and sustainability within a dairy farming enterprise. Headlands encourages dairy farmers of all sizes and systems to be “Ahead of the Game” and become involved in DBOY as part of the process of future proofing their dairy farming operation.

Warren Morritt, Managing Director


The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is proud to be a Gold Sponsor of the Dairy Business of the Year.
DBOY entrants are demonstrating that even when times are tough, focusing on the things they can control will lead to success. MPI applauds entrants' drive for excellence across production, environmental and people outcomes, and their commitment to sharing their information and experiences for the benefit of other farmers.
DBOY's commitment to excellence and to the industry aligns well with MPI's priorities. Despite recent prices, we see a bright future for the dairy industry.
MPI has a range of work streams that form an active growth programme, which looks at driving the size and value of all of our primary sectors. These include:
  • working with top performing farmers to identify what it is that makes them so successful, with the aim of better enabling others to learn from their success;
  • continuing to invest in ways to sustainably add value through the Primary Growth Partnership programme, and;
  • A focus on skills and looking at specific customer and market insights, to add value to our primary industries.
We welcome the opportunity to team up with DBOY to recognise and promote farming excellence through this sponsorship.


Nutrinza is a New Zealand-owned feed company and was a first-time sponsor of Dairy Business of the Year in 2019.  They aim to give farmers maximum flexibility and options in terms of the feed supplements they can use to maximise production and/or profitability.
Nutrinza allows farmers to customise each of their feed blends to suit their farm, animals, production and fertility targets as well as financial strategy.  This enables farmers to choose a combination of feeds that it not only best for the business, but also limits wastage and the impact this wastage has on the environment.
Nutrinza is privileged to sponsor DBOY as it is a dairy industry award that focuses on a farm's overall performance in terms of return on investment, human resources and the environment.

Theo Swart, Business Manager

Bronze Sponsors


The team at Dairy Farmer are great supporters of Dairy Business of the Year because we recognise the huge value in this benchmarking initiative. We encourage all dairy farmers to take the opportunity! Our magazine is delivered free to every letterbox on every dairy farm, so we can share each winner's success with every dairy farmer in New Zealand. You can also read the DBOY stories on New Zealand's biggest farming news site: farmersweekly.co.nz.

Dean Williamson, Publisher

Mineral Boost

"The harder I work, the luckier I get" - Thomas Jefferson

MineralBoost is pleased to be a sponsor of the Dairy Business of the Year awards. Like the farmers who participate in DBOY, MineralBoost is committed to the continuous improvement of our business and quality products. We are proud to produce products designed to underpin the health and wellbeing of dairy cows and our mission is to do this as safely and simply as possible. Our people understand that top farmers value their animals, environment and people highly and our purpose is to aid farmers in their aspirations to be the best they can be. We wish all the participants in the DBOY competition the best of luck and if we get the chance, we would be proud to work along side you. www.mineralboost.co.nz 

Warwick Voyce, CEO

Dairy Exporter

The Dairy Exporter magazine is New Zealand's oldest dairy farming title, with a proud history of helping dairy farmers Learn, Grow and Excel for the past 94 years. The magazine is delivered each month into 4000 subscribers letterboxes, and we at NZ Farm Life Media pride ourselves on delivering the latest 'inside the farmgate' information, best practice and profitable farming strategies, through on-farm case studies, expert commentary and the latest science and technology to add to farmers' bottom line. We drill down into the detail of NZ's top-performing dairy farmers, helping farmers learn from each other. Hence our proud sponsorship of the Dairy Business of the Year contest where benchmarking identifies profitability, resilience and sustainability to define dairy excellence. The benchmarking also drives continual improvement, benchmarking farm businesses with each other and with themselves between years, and The Dairy Exporter magazine is the title to drill down into the detail and transfer that best practice to other farmers.

Jackie Harrigan, Editor

Supporting Sponsors


The Dairy Business of the Year competition is a key part of our sponsorship programme at No8HR because it recognises excellent business, and you don't get to be an excellent business without having excellent people. Every year the finalists and winners talk about the importance of people to their business success, and every year we find it harder and harder to judge as the standard of people management and leadership increases. Great people leadership and the resultant engagement and productivity lifts for the business are the great opportunity that exists across dairy farming in NZ and entering this competition gives you the opportunity to get robust benchmark information and feedback that will grow your business.

Lee Astridge, Principal Consultant


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