Switching careers has paid off for a former motor mechanic and nurse.
Shayne and Rochelle Hutchinson have won the Manawatu Rangitikei-Horowhenua sharemilker of the year title in the annual dairy awards.
They began their dairy farming career in 2003 and became sharemilkers two years later.
Fegional farm managers of the year, Michael and Susanna Booth, are running a 700 cow farm at Longburn, near Palmerston North.
Dairy Trainee of the year, Amanda Brew, works on an Apiti dairy farm run by the third place-getter in the farm manager contest, Hamish Easton.