Mark and Jaime Arnold from Dannevirke have taken out the 2016 Share Farmer of the Year title at the Dairy Industry Awards.
Thomas Chatfield from Whakatane won the 2016 Dairy Manager of the Year and Nicholas Bailey from the Wairarapa won the 2016 Dairy Trainee of the Year.
About $170,000 worth of prizes was given out at the awards, which were held in Wellington at the TSB Arena on Saturday night.
The Arnold's are 50:50 sharemilking 500 cows for Mike and Sherynn Harold and Stuart and Sandra Cordell in Dannevirke and walked away from the awards with over $52,000 in prizes and the national title.
The couple said the awards had been such a positive experience.
"We haven't got dairy farming backgrounds and it's amazing how we've grown, just from hard work and learning, it's an amazing industry," Mark Arnold said.
"Being down here in Wellington has been just so positive, he said.
Jaime Arnold said this season has been a challenge, but they had the right farming systems in place for the tough times.
"We're actually running a business that's really resilient, so on a $4.00 payout we're surviving and on a $5.00 plus payout we're really thriving, it's all about being resilient - it's grass and money this year, that's our focus," she said.
Mark and Jaime Arnold said they have had to work hard as a family this season with the low payout, but were planning on going on holiday with their two children to celebrate their big win.
2016 New Zealand Share Farmer of the Year:
Winner - Mark & Jaime Arnold, Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa
Runner-up - Michael & Susie Woodward, Canterbury
Third - Callum & Hanna Stalker, Southland/Otago
DairyNZ Human Resources Award - Michael & Susie Woodward
Ecolab Farm Dairy Hygiene Award - Mark & Jaime Arnold
Federated Farmers Leadership Award - Michael & Susie Woodward
Fonterra Farm Source Interview Award - Matthew Herbert & Brad Markham
Honda Farm Safety and Health Award - Michael & Susie Woodward
LIC Recording and Productivity Award - Michael & Susie Woodward
Meridian Energy Farm Environment Award - Callum & Hanna Stalker
Ravensdown Pasture Performance Award - Mark & Jaime Arnold
Westpac Business Performance Award - Mark & Jaime Arnold
2016 New Zealand Dairy Manager of the Year:
Winner - Thomas Chatfield, Bay of Plenty
Runner-up - Hamish Kilpatrick, Canterbury
Third - Lance Graves, Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa
Dairy Manager of the Year Interview Award - Sam Howard
DairyNZ Employee Engagement Award - Thomas Chatfield
Meridian Energy Leadership Award - Renae Flett
Fonterra Farm Source Feed Management Award -Hamish Kilpatrick
DeLaval Livestock Management Award - Thomas Chatfield
Primary ITO Power Play Award - Thomas Chatfield
Fonterra Farm Source Farm Management Award - Matt Birchfield
Westpac Financial Management & Planning Award - Lance Graves
2016 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year:
Winner - Nicholas Bailey, Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa
Runner-up - Karl Wood, Manawatu
Third - Olivia Wade, Central Plateau
DairyNZ Practical Skills Award - Karl Wood