**UPDATE** 9 May
Phil Colombus has come third in the 2014 national Dairy Industry Awards Farm Manager of the Year competition. Phil was also awarded the Fonterra Best Practice Award and the PrimaryITO Human Resource Management Award.
Congratulations to Phil Colombus who has won the Canterbury North Otago Farm Manager of the Year title at the 2014 Canterbury North Otago Dairy Industry Awards on Tuesday evening, 4 February.
As well as the Farm Manager of the Year Award, Phil also took out the TH Enterprises Ltd Leadership Award, RD1 Farm Management Award and the Westpac Financial Planning and Management Award.
A farm manager for Ngāi Tahu Farming at Eyrewell, this is the second time Phil has entered the awards and the second time he has come out on top. In 2006 he won the Upper South Island Dairy Trainee of the Year title.
Phil has worked his way up the industry ladder and enjoys the opportunities provided by Ngāi Tahu Farming on the 1300-cow property he is managing.
Ngāi Tahu Farming General Manager Andrew Clayton says the awards are hugely contested and saw hundreds of entries throughout the two provinces.
“It’s fair to say that we are very proud of Phil’s achievements. We are also very proud of his wife Mel who plays a big part on Phil’s farm. It’s great to see Phil and the team’s hard work being recognised by the industry.”
From here, Phil joins 10 others to compete for the National Farm Manager of the Year award in Auckland.