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SPECIAL AWARDS

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

KITEROA TROPHY - DAVID ACKERMANN

The Kiteroa Trophy is this year awarded to a young breeder who in the opinion of the Board is a very worthy recipient of this Trophy full fulling many of the conditions that are stipulated for a person to be nominated.

The successful nominee this year is David Ackermann from the Musica Stud in Central Canterbury. David immigrated to New Zealand with his parents and three sisters from Switzerland as a young boy and the family has been farming in the Leeston area for the past 22 years.

After completing his studies at Lincoln University and overseas travel, David has returned to work on the family dairy farm, where along with his father Tony, they have a herd of predominately Ayrshires to be proud of.

David has taken a very active role in the breeding decisions with his father at Musica and it would be fair to say that some of his thinking and choices challenges many of the senior breeders of our Association.

David is a current Co-opted Director on the Board of Semayr, he is a current T O P Inspector for our breed and also a Junior Judge. He was Associate Judge at the New Zealand Dairy Event in January this year.

It is David’s involvement with the youth members that is worthy of mention. He is a current member of the Ayrshire N Z Youth Committee, about to complete his second term and has been a regular attendee of the annual Youth Seminars. This year David was one of the main organisers of the Young Breeders Seminar held in Canterbury proving to be a very successful event.

David is the current President of the Canterbury Ayrshire Club and is very popular with the club members. He also managers to exhibit the Musica stock at the local Ellesmere Show and is always an entrant in the on farm Dairy Heifer Competition held by the local A&P.

When he gets spare time David plays in the local Concert  Band and is into running Marathons and Endurance Events, he easily recognised by his height, long dread locks and happy smile.

The Board of Ayrshire N Z believes that David Ackermann is a very worthy recipient of the Kiteroa Trophy for 2018.

 

BELL BOOTH ACHIEVER AWARD - CRAIG STEVENSON

Craig attended Westport and Clydevale Primary Schools and St Kevin’s High School in Oamaru.  He liked athletics and rugby and showed an early keenness for moto-cross riding.  On leaving high school, Craig went to Lincoln University where he completed a Diploma in Agriculture.

In his early childhood years Craig had many pet calves that he took to the West Coast, South Otago and Southland A & P shows and pet days.  He had his own pedigree cows at an early age.  He got these in lieu of wages and pocket money and soon had quite a few animals.  One of his cows had a bull calf that was good enough to go into Semayr for sire proving.

After leaving University he worked for Southland sharemilker of the year Matthew Richards for 18 months, having also worked for him earlier during the school holidays.  After this Craig came back to Glenkylie and started as a Manager, then moved on to contract milker.

Craig and his wife Ruth now have shares in Trinity Farm Holdings, that sharemilks for Glenylie Dairy Farm.  Craig and Ruth are building up cow numbers through this venture.  The Glenkylie herd that Craig is responsible for looking after is day to day running, the breeding, feeding and weeding.

This herd has topped Ward 9 for production on many occasions, including the BW awards.  Last season the 300 Ayrshire cows averaged 521 kg MS milked in a herd of over 600 cows, a top record for this number of cows.  Craig enjoys his Ayrshires.  His philosophy is that they must pay their way.  His herd is mainly of Semayr breeding.

Craig has been three years as Vice Chairman of the Southland / Otago Ayrshire Club and is due to move the Chairman’s position this year.  He likes herd walks and the meetings as well.  In 2015 he was involved with the organisation of the Annual Conference in Invercargill.

Craig was a finalist in the Rural Bachelor competition at the National Fieldays at Mystery Creek a number of years ago representing Southland, he did extremely well finishing in the placings.  He has also taken part in the Young Breeders seminars held by Ayrshire NZ, including helping to organise this key feature on our youth calendar.  Now married to Ruth, they have four children between them which makes for a busy family life juggling family and farm.

His love of motorbikes has led to him and two of the children to take on moto-cross racing.  He is a foundation member of the Southland Dirt Bike Club and very active on the Committee.  Craig is also on the Thornbury Volunteer Fire Brigade and has been on the Isla Bank school Committee.

 

 


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