Young dairy farmer Aaron Ferguson who owns a 100-herd strong dairy farm in Calder has been awarded the latest Tasmanian Dairy Award.
Mr Ferguson took out the Young Dairy Farmer Encouragement Award which recognises and encourages a young dairy farmer aged between 18 and 35, who loves working in the dairy industry, is passionate, and extends themselves to achieve their goals.
He spent the last ten years working on cropping farms, building equity in dairy stock and building on his skills for a future career in dairy.
Mr Ferguson said he had always wanted to own and run his own dairy farm from a very young age and hopes to replicate this love for farming in his future family.
He said he loves rearing calves and also likes the silage season, and wants to ensure he is ready to tackle any future challenges that the dairy industry might face.
"We need to adapt and change with each challenge," he said.
To support this, Mr Ferguson attended the inaugural DairyTas 21C farm manager course, and encouraged other young farmers to take advantage of the learning opportunities presented.
Other awards included the Fonterra Employee of the Year which went to Luke Davey-Baldock, the Aurora Energy Employer of Choice award went to Delmot Trading Trust, the Veolia Dairy Environment Award went to Dutch Mill Australia leased by Silverdale and the Rex James Stockfeed Dairy Safety Award went to Trinity Pastures' Denis Ryan and Aisling O'Neil.
The Tasmanian Dairy Awards showcases incredible contributions, highlights the success and innovation within the industry, and hopes to stimulate farmers to build and expand on their current practices.