[28 November/Rural News Group]

The best primary sector employers have been celebrated at the MPI AGMARDT Primary Industries Good Employer Awards. Woodville Dairy farmers, Nicky and Ben Allomes were presented with the inaugural supreme award. The Allomes, owners and directors of Hopelands Dairies Ltd, scooped the supreme Minister’s Awards at the awards function held at Parliament. They also won the Innovative Employment Practices Award.  Minister of Agriculture, Damien O’Connor, presented the Minister’s Award to the Allomes’, congratulating them on their creativity with work-life balance by investing in a rostering system that allows their workers ownership of when they work and what they do on the ground. Mr O’Connor commended them for sharing the knowledge with their community. Other award winners in the MPI AGMARDT awards included Kevin and Kylie Ihaka of Forest Protection Services, Michelle Cherrington of Moana. (Seafood) and Miraka.