[8 August/Rural Life]

The decision has been made to drop the annual Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards for a year. The awards had been around since 2012 and celebrated success in the sheep industry. More than 30 awards had been presented to southern farmers over the past five years. Beef + Lamb New Zealand Chief Executive, Sam McIvor, said the awards brought stakeholders together to recognise the people and genetics that made the sheep industry world leading. He added they decided to remove them for a year to re-evaluate and re-purpose the awards to ensure they remained relevant and reflected the changing nature of the industry. Beef + Lamb NZ were grateful for the support they received in running the awards. It had received some feedback about improvements that could be made.