The 2021 Dairy Trainee of the Year is  Ruth Connolly from Waikato, and Judges say there was just a whisker separating first, second and third places, but  Ruth stood out in the practical and was outstanding in the interview section. Ruth won $9,000 in prizes including a Honda XR 190 farm motorbike, and the  Federated Farmers Farming Knowledge merit award. And former Feds Sharemilkers’ Section Chair Jeff Bolstad, was presented with the inaugural Lifetime Contribution Award for his long service.