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FARM OWNERSHIP: Harder you work, the luckier you get

In the first of a series looking at how to achieve farm ownership, Country-Wide writer Rebecca Harper talks about her and husband Richard Greaves’ experiences.   Leasing hill country sheep and beef farms and shearing our own sheep for six years enabled us to save enough to enter an equity partnership and buy a farm in Pongaroa. We farm 550 ... Read More »

Focus on home-grown feed

Doug Dibley Historically New Zealand’s competitive advantage has been our ability to grow and harvest high-quality pasture at a low cost. Nothing has changed. Owl farm is into its second season as a demonstration dairy farm and optimising home-grown feed remains the key focus. For various reasons our performance during the 2015/2016 season was poor. We had issues with staff, ... Read More »

Grow-your-own riparian plants

Jackie Harrigan A cheeky entry into the 2014 Ballance Farm Environment Awards switched Paul and Lisa Charmley on to what they could be doing to enhance and protect the environment on their 350-cow Dannevirke dairy farm. While they managed to win the Hills Laboratories Soil Management Award for their soil management, they say the big win for them was the ... Read More »

Green, green grass of Camden

Renewal of the pasture of a Canterbury farming business’s four farms inside four years was conducted like a military operation. Anne Lee reports. If there was a catch phrase for Camden Group’s massive pasture renewal programme it would have to be go early and go hard. The family owned Canterbury farming business is in the fourth season of what’s become ... Read More »

Secrets to farm careers

Anne Lee Pastoral care and tailored, quality training are the top of the list for a Canterbury farm employers group looking to support and retain staff. The group, which includes more than 20 members, is known as the Canterbury Farm Capability Society (CFCS). It’s chairman is Mark Cressey, award-winning sharemilker for Rakaia Incorporation’s Tahu a Tao dairy farm near Dorie ... Read More »

Water-wise in Waipahi

Reviving the koura Logan Wallace is fully immersed in water quality and nutrient management. Lynda Gray reports. The trickle down of nutrient and water-wise action is filtering through on the Wallace family’s South Otago farm. Fewer weed-congested waterways is one visible sign and another, although difficult to pick out with the naked eye, are the tiny freshwater crayfish (koura) clinging ... Read More »

Fast track to management

Sheryl Brown Employers are lining up to hire graduates of the Central North Island Dairy Academy, making it an appealing option for students wanting to advance to management roles in the dairy industry. The academy, a joint venture between Shanghai Pengxin and Landcorp and run by Taratahi, is a mid-level development programme designed for people who have goals to become ... Read More »

Seeding the future

By Sheryl Brown At the start of her career, Emma Bell has already seen the huge opportunities and career paths available in the agricultural industry. Now a product specialist for PGG Wrightson Seeds, the 26-year-old never anticipated this would be the role she would end up in, let alone love. “If I’d seen a job like this when I was ... Read More »

Sweetening appeal of the north

Encouraging potential dairy farmers into an agricultural education has seen Northland sharemilker Michael Rope set up a university scholarship. Glenys Christian reports. Michael Rope is well aware of the opportunities dairying in Northland presents. So much so that he has set up a scholarship for youngsters to attend Lincoln University and complete their practical requirements on his parents’ Te Kopuru ... Read More »

Asparations for success

Asparagus and dairying aren’t industries you think of as working hand-in-hand. But an innovative family has made it work and say the two businesses complement each other nicely. Geoff and Liz Lewis started growing asparagus in 1981 and their business, Tendertips, is now one of the main asparagus producers in the country, supplying major supermarkets and selling through their packhouse ... Read More »