Andrew Bendall on Lochar Downs station.

Catwalk Trust – What a great charity

With change ahead Andrew Bendall, manager of high country station Lochar Downs, Cromwell, is planning on a marathon run. Farm stuff later, we must all know someone who has had an accident leaving them with a spinal injury. Absolutely changing there lives forever, for them their love ones and people around them. So, in November this year I’m joining about …

Employment – know one another’s rights

Cheyenne Nicholson For many it’s the Kiwi dream – living and working on a beautiful windswept hill country farm. But what happens after you find that dream job or that dream employee? What are your legal responsibilities as an employer? And how do you manage things when the dream goes a bit pear-shaped? Rights and responsibilities Russell Drake of Fegan …

Cheyenne Wilson – success an acknowledgment of those who have helped in her journey so far.

Enjoying the challenge

Manaakitanga values – hospitality, generosity, care for others and making people feel welcome – is important to Ahuwhenua Trophy Young Maori Farmer finalist Cheyenne Wilson. Anne Lee reports. People are the all-important kingpin in the success of any dairy farming business and creating a warm, welcoming team environment which fully embraces manaakitanga values is fundamental to having happy people, Cheyenne …

Gerard Boerjan has dairy farmed around the world, but settled in New Zealand to work and raise his family.

Helping the grass grow under his feet

Jackie Harrigan Gerard Boerjan has had a varied dairy career around the world, with his experiences, expertise and hard work earning him successes in the Kiwi dairy industry. The winning DIA Hawkes Bay/Wairarapa dairy manager was encouraged by the farm owners and nagged into entering the competition by his children who kept asking if he had filled in the forms. …

Dan and Gina Duncan in the farm’s 60-bail rotary dairy.

Valuing the future

Northland Share Farmers of the Year Dan and Gina Duncan have identified their 30s as the years for working as they make their way in the industry. Glenys Christian reports. Dan and Gina went on to win the national title of Share Farmers of 2018 at Invercargill in early May. After graduating from Massey University in 2008 with degrees in …

Dion Kilmister and Ali Scott won this year’s Wairarapa Sheep and Beef Farm Business of the Year. Photo: Brad Hanson

Team work makes dream come true

A shepherd who once sketched his dream now runs an $18-million farming operation that won 2018 Wairarapa Sheep and Beef Farm Business of the Year. Rebecca Harper reports. Dion Kilmister and Ali Scott are proof that dreams can come true, if you pursue them with single-minded determination, blood, sweat and tears. The couple, who live at Bideford but own and …

A catfish or a fishcat.

Time to talk about gene editing

Max Tweedie B+LNZ Genetics What if we could breed cattle without horns? Or cows without white eye pigment? Or lambs without tails? And do it in a single generation – where every calf born from your sire (regardless of the dams’ genetics) had the feature and they, too, would pass it on to their own calves. Traditional breeding methods can …

Tony and Glennis Thompson with 13- year-old bull Monreid Yardstick.

Hidden talents

Noted veterinarian and breeder Tony Thompson has seen many changes in the decades he’s been involved in the cattle industry. Russell Priest reports. There’s a lot more to Tony Thompson than his undisputed ability to breed and show Simmental cattle. Beneath his tall, commanding frame and voice lies a self-made man with many hidden talents. And let’s not forget the …