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), Ministry for Primary Industries and Theland Farm Group 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; Pioneer, CRV Ambreed, NZI, JobDone, 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 and PGG Wrightson Real Estate all have different roles where they provide services - No8HR undertake the people management assessment and review and PGG Wrightson Real Estate provide valuations of the shortlist as part of the auditing process. 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, Warren Morritt, for more information.
Phone 027 478 1416 or email warren.morritt@intelact.com

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.


Theland produces great New Zealand Farm Fresh milk products for our customers in China selling through supermarket, TV shopping, online and Alibaba platforms.  We are closely aligned with Theland Farm Group who produce the milk, support our branding and marketing and make sure the milk used to produce Theland product is the best milk on offer from happy cows, happy people, from farms with clean air, clean water and a sustainable future producing milk from free-range, pasture-based farming systems. 

Sponsoring the 2019 Dairy Business of the Year represents Theland’s commitment to our customer, to New Zealand and to Theland Farm Group and the ‘triple line performance’ recognised in the Dairy Business of the Year judging criteria.  Theland is proudly going to support the 2018 Supreme DBOY winner with an In Market Study Tour to Shanghai, China, alongside the winners of Theland Farm Group North and South Island Farm Manager of the Year Winners.  “This brings together the ability to recognise great performance with the opportunity to learn about our customer, what it takes to create a fast growing consumer business in China and how our milk goes from our farms to households throughout our largest marketplace.”

Theland Farm Group are leveraging Theland’s sponsorship by entering all of our 25 Dairy Farms and using the analysis and farm reports as the basis of our own internal Management Awards, Manager Development programme and Farm Business planning processes.  We would love to see more corporate dairy farm businesses getting involved to further grow the value of the great quality benchmarking that DBOY produces.  “It’s something we all want to access and the DBOY analysis and reporting is the best example of triple line benchmarking I’ve come across.”

Justine Kidd, CEO, Theland Farm Group


Nutrinza is a New Zealand-owned feed company and a first-time sponsor of Dairy Business of the Year.  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


Pioneer® brand products is delighted to be part of the 2019 Dairy Business of the Year. We see the value the event delivers in recognising dairy farmers who generate good financial returns, as well as being sustainable from an environmental and people perspective. The Dairy Business of the Year is identifying those farm systems which will help the New Zealand dairy industry remain globally competitive in to the future. We are pleased to be supporting this exciting initiative and encourage farmers to get involved. Those that do will gain a lot of value from the thorough analysis which is conducted for every farm entry.

William Yates, Managing Director


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

CRV Ambreed

CRV Ambreed, a herd improvement genetics company, is delighted to join the team at Dairy Business of the Year. Our industry, the NZ Dairy industry, is a significant contributor to our communities, and we are very keen to assist with celebrating the many excellent farming practices that are happening across the country. We absolutely love farming, and our vision is to be a leading customer focused business, fully committed to adding value for farmers. We see supporting the DBOY as a key way to encourage farmers to look at their businesses, and reflect on what a fantastic job they are doing!

Jon Lee, Sales & Marketing Manager


For our 159 years in business, NZI has been quietly helping dairy farmers restore homes, farms and livelihoods.  Like our farmers we have a big stake in Dairy -  from providing cover for the major storms and seismic events that stop farms’ milk and income, to liabilities from product and environmental contamination.  

NZI is committed to help Kiwi farms remain sustainable and profitable.  Our team of rural insurance specialists across the country are knowledgeable and passionate about farming. We encourage good farm practice and celebrate awards that recognise it.

Recent events reinforce the importance of having an insurer with the expertise and scale needed following major events. NZI is backed by IAG New Zealand, and as the largest insurance group in New Zealand, it offers the security to support families and farming businesses through the worst of times.  

NZI is delighted to support the Dairy Business of the Year Awards.

Jon Watson, National Manager - Rural


JobDone believes ”success on farms begins with your people” as it is people that on a daily basis observe their environment and make decisions on the future actions required for the business to be successful. People are equiped to make better decisions with the sharing of knowledge and there is no better forum than DBOY to share experiences and information for the benefit of dairy farmers. 

We provide smart applications that encourage participation from all people on farm to contribute to the success of the business. Our platform enables continual improvement in people, process and the environment they work in. Farmers can allow trusted advisors access to JobDone in order to review realtime operations or historic data which can be of significant value to the Consultant/Farmer relationship.

The expert analysis and benchmarking performed by DBOY is unparalleled and we are proud to be a supporter of this valuable initiative. 

Simon Gillson, General Manager

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


PGG Wrightson Real Estate support the Dairy Business of the Year Competition by providing valuations on the top farms shortlisted throughout New Zealand for the competition awards. PGG Wrightson Real Estate are proud to support the competition as it not only recognises top performing businesses but provides analysis and benchmarking for other farmers to improve their business performance. A farm which has a record of performance and strong benchmarking results can be more valuable when in the market place, showing the extended value of Dairy Business of the Year and what it offers.

Neil Prior, Marketing Manager

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