A Clinton herd manager will be the only Otago representative at the New Zealand dairy industry awards in Wellington next month.
Ben Sanders, 25, won the Otago dairy trainee of the year title.
Usually the winners of share milker and farm manager awards for each region also go through to the national final.
But organisers revamped the Otago region's awards format because of the low numer of entries they received for those two categories.
However, Shaun Thomas has been highly commended for Otago sharemilker-equity farmer of the year and Neil Molina was judged the region's best farm manager.