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Craig Wiggins - Farmer's Voice

Farmers Weekly columnist Craig Wiggins is going around New Zealand to find the real face of farming.

Check back here for new video content as we talk to those who have a passion for the primary sector.

 

  

 

 

We've got our finger on the pulse, Dr Sue Fowlie

This month on the Farmers Voice Wiggy catches up with Dr Sue Fowlie to chat about the digital alternatives for health checkups in a post-Covid-19 world, and the importance of getting on top of your physical and mental health, especially in a rural environment.

 

Ali Van Polanen

Immigrant workers play a big part in rural New Zealand and the agricultural industry. Wiggy chats with Ali Van Polanen who's Dairy Farm Assistant Manager was effected by the recent border restrictions due to covid-19.

 

 

Rob, Jaqueline and Zarrah Blackwell

Since the 1960’s the Blackwell’s have farmed on Mangaotea Station, taking pride in the high-quality cattle they produce.

These days Rob, Jaqueline and Zarrah farm three separate cattle studs on the property, with an obvious family rivalry pushing them to breed the best they possibly can.

 

 

Kane Brisco 

Taranaki dairy farmer Kane Brisco has always had a passion for keeping fit and healthy and understood the positive effects it can have both physically and mentally.


Driven by this passion, Kane set up and outdoor training class where he endeavors to inspire the rural community about the importance of exercise in a rural lifestyle.

 

 

May Brothers Contracting

The May brothers have come a long way since they bought their first header as teenagers. Now they've got no issues keeping busy with up to 35 machines running at a time. 

Wiggy heads down to Methven to catch up with Phil May and some of his staff at May Brothers Contracting to have a chat about what it takes to succeed in such a competitive market. 

 

Mark and Robyn Copland

Successful in sheep breeding, dog trials and recently being voted in as ambassadors for the Christchurch Agricultural Show, even following a tragic family event Mid-Canterbury farmers Mark and Robyn Copland are navigating life’s trials with humility. 

 

Monique and Kyle Smith

Monique and Kyle Smith are turkey and duck farmers who do things a bit differently to others in their industry, controlling all aspects of the supply chain from when the egg hits the ground to the packaging and selling of their product.  



Duncan and Tina MacKintosh

Duncan and Tina Mackintosh have a passion for their farm's environment and are sharing that passion with their community. Wiggy caught up with them to see how they're taking others along with them on their farming journey.

 

 

Sir David Fagan 

Wiggy discovers there's a lot more to Sir David Fagan than shearing. He and son Jack are working on a three year project with the local regional authorities to retire 10% of their dairy farm into wetlands, native trees and shelter.

Jack Jordon

On this month’s Farmers Voice Wiggy head’s up to Taumarunui to catch up with 6-time underarm wood chopping world champ Jack Jordan, and has a chat about his passion for farming, rugby and wood chopping.

 

 

Jack Fagan

Jack Fagan is the two-time world champion speed-shearer and current world title holder. After taking over from his father Sir David Fagan, he rose through the ranks winning his first title in Invercargill two years ago and second in France this year. Wiggy catches up with Fagan over a cup of tea and learns the in’s and out’s of New Zealand shearing and what it takes to be the best. 

 

Beef and beers at the lake

This month Wiggy heads to Taupo and catches up with James and Elissa Cooper who run a finishing farm and have diversified with Lakeman Brewery. Due to catchment regulations they have turned a negative into a positive and use this water to make their beer.

 

 

 

 

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