Lisa Portas, Palliser Ridge 4:09
For farming stories to truly connect with an urban audience they not only have to be told well, they need to be authentic and that means they have to come from farmers themselves, Wairarapa farmer Lisa Portas says. If that’s going to work farmers need to become more comfortable being their own narrators and not be afraid to use a range of channels from social media to open days to encourage a wider understanding of agricultural industries, the people involved, the processes and the reasons why decisions are made.Read full article
Ella Wharmby, Matamata 3:34
As the saying goes, you can’t fully understand someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. And if you swapped the shoes for gumboots, Waikato farmer Ella Wharmby could tell you a thing or two about that.
Patrick Malley, Maungatapere 3:37
Pioneering pathways in hydroponic growing of soft berries in Northland have taken the Malley family’s horticultural business a long way from where it started only eight years ago.
Mark Olsen, Kairanga 3:21
Kairanga dairy farmer and multi-sport enthusiast Mark Olsen is passionate about the positive effects exercise can have on a rural lifestyle. We caught up with him to talk about his farming operation and the part sport has played in ensuring he enjoys what he does.
Rob & Mary Andrews, Ruatoria 4:07
East Cape farmers Rob and Mary Andrews appreciate the opportunities they have been given by people who they have worked for in the past and they enjoy returning the favour to others.
Reza Abdul-Jabbar, Southland 3:33
"Being a muslim and a farmer is the best of both worlds."
Reza and his family are not only helping the environment but also opening minds and hearts in the wake of the Christchurch Mosque shootings.
James Greer, Argyle East 2:53
A Central Hawke’s Bay family farm is combining bulls and Wagyu steers to make the most of its climate and the most of its family asset. They not only know what they are doing on-farm but also know the supply chain from end to end so can tick all the boxes expected of them.
Nicola Blowey, Fairlie 3:51
Being a foreigner in a strange land is no barrier to progression in the dairy industry for one young woman from England.
George & Luce Williams, Grassendale Wairarapa 4:14
Hard work, careful planning and a strong business focus helped George and Luce Williams win the 2019 Wairarapa Sheep and Beef Farm Business of the Year Award, but the Tinui couple say it’s been a team effort.
Maurice Judson, Awamungu 4:04
The topography of The Ranch in south Otago is steep to rolling hill country but it is managed and performs like an intensive breeding and finishing farm. Farm managers Maurice and Renee Judson say much of the performance comes down to decisions based on science and data.
Nate Smith, Bluff 4:02
The desire to remove the ticket-clipping middlemen is not confined to dairy and meat farmers wanting to get closer to their markets and earn higher prices. It is a path being followed by Bluff fisherman Nate Smith but, he has another motive for supplying fish direct to customers.
Jane Smith, Five Forks 3:59
Blair and Jane Smith freely admit to having their share of good fortune as they embark on their farming careers but that doesn’t mean they are resting on their laurels.
David and Rebekah Kelly, Waiau 4:05
Post Kaikoura earthquake the Kelly family are ready for anything.
John Elliot, Maniototo 3:24
The Styx Valley is in a remote southern corner of the Maniototo basin in Central Otago where the seasons can be harsh. But that isn’t stopping John and Susan Elliot from running an innovative whisky distillery alongside their farm.
Kathryne Easton, Te Kao 4:19
Running a big station with 3500 owners is a big challenge. But Parengarega Station’s new farm manger Kathryne Easton is adding to the task, with her vision of staring with the environment then working back to the farm with her best-use-of-land philosophy at the same time as coping with pest, pasture and weather issues.
Roger Beattie, lansdowne Valley 4:25
On the south side of Banks Peninsula, where the wind gives the tussocks a permanent bend and the next stop is Antarctica, Roger Beattie is mustering his next big plan.
Wayne Langford, Takaka 3:21
The Langfords were hit by a perfect storm of terrible weather, prolonged market weakness and global trade wars. But a change in perspective has transformed their farm, their family and their community.
Logan Massie, Dannevirke 3:34
When Logan Massie finished school he followed his dream and headed to Europe where he lived and breathed showjumping for a few years. These days he’s back working on the family farm but, as Colin Williscroft found, he hasn’t given up on returning to Europe to ride.
Guy and Jaye Bakewell, Wellsford 3:41
Northland sharemilkers Guy and Jaye Bakewell’s number-eight wire ingenuity is not only helping pay off their dairy cows faster but capitalising on consumers’ growing demand for raw milk.
Felicity Cameron, Matangi 2:51
The business of milking sheep is all about happy, skipping and jumping sheep for Felicity Cameron and at her Waikato dairy the welfare of her sheep seems to be paying off.
Brian Yates, Karaka 3:18
Auckland farmers David Yates and son Brian enjoy reaping the benefits of a robotic milking system.
Warrick James, Selwyn Gorge 2:47
When people think of farming, few think of carbon farming. But Canterbury farmers Warrick and CeCe James are using agriculture to feed people and fight climate change.
Gary Wilson, Hinds 2:50
Mid Canterbury mixed arable farmers Gary and Rae Wilson are embracing modern technology to make farming their property more productive and more environmentally sustainable.
James Bowan, Orari 2:47
James Bowan grows potatoes for a nationwide paddock-to-packet potato chip brand. Nearly a decade after the business started he’s still happiest in the paddock.
Harry de Lautour, Flemington 2:58
Central Hawke’s Bay farmers Harry and Kate de Lautour are dedicated to bloodline but it isn’t just about their ancestry.
Jimmy Glenn, Te Akau 3:18
Bulls, ewes and tepees. Sheep and beef farmers James and Sarah Glenn are fuelling the intergenerational transfer of their farming business with a rare mix of bulls, sheep and tepees.
Hugh Taylor, The Doone 2:31
A rising carbon price under the Emissions Trading Scheme has changed a Canterbury sheep farmer’s attitude to exotic forestry and native regrowth.
Tom Whitford, Waikaretu 2:40
Northwest Waikato sheep and beef farmers Tom and Nicole Whitford never planned on working in the primary sector but today the couple are dedicated to the intergenerational transfer of a farming business.
Simon Osborne, Leeston 2:28
Regenerative agriculture flies in the face of conventional farming wisdom with soil management the key to profiting from nature, Canterbury cropping farmer Simon Osborne says. We visited him onfarm to learn what it’s about.
Eugene and Pania King, Motu 2:55
Sheep and beef farmers Eugene and Pania King from Kiriroa Station at Matawai are combining their passion for the land with hard work and whanau support.
The couple have a longstanding connection with their family, their environment and their local community.
Richard Scholefield, Whangara 2:28
Maori Incorporations in farming represent a new wave of land development and export earnings. Whangara Farms is on the East Coast north of Gisborne, in Whale Rider (Paikea) country and is a successful hapu partnership model for a sustainable future while honouring the place and the past.
Sarah Wells, Moawhango 2:21
Intergenerational knowledge has long been a sort of secret ingredient to success in sheep and beef farming in New Zealand. Though that component was vital in the early years of Tom and Sarah Wells farming careers they are also using their passion, drive and determination to forge their own brand of sustainably farmed products.
Sophie Barnes, Taumarunui 2:55
As a teenager Sophie Barnes decided she wanted to be a very good sheep farmer. Then she heard the best sheep farmers weren’t in her native Britain but on the other side of the world. Undaunted, she sold up, packed up and came to New Zealand.
Olin Greenan, Morrinsville 2:44
Having a young family has changed a Waikato farming couple’s entire outlook on life.
Olin and Anna Greenan who are 50-50 sharemilkers on a 650-cow farm at Morrinsville say achieving a good work-life balance has become even more important to them now they have sons Jack, 4, and Noah, 2.
Ben Ensor, Cheviot 3:10
Sheep beat dairy temptation North Canterbury sheep and beef farmer Ben Ensor is passionate about the challenges of farming in the close-knit rural community of Cheviot.
Jason Smith, Kaipara 2:28
Kaipara Mayor Dr Jason Smith wants to bring kiwi back to 47ha of regenerating native bush on Greenhill (Rehia) overlooking Ruawai in Northland. He owns the 430ha farm Greenhill in which the reserve is the centre and embodies a blend of history, family, farming and community service.
Genna and Alistair Bird, Ashley Gorge 2:32
South Island couple Genna and Alistair Bird have opened a door to a world of people wanting to soak up a panoramic view from their Tiny House on a hill.
Charlie Duncan, Hunterville 2:33
The Duncan, Perry and Howard families have a long connection with farming. They were instrumental in setting up Smedley, Taratahi and Massey University and the latest generation is doing it again with a group of farms in Rangitikei, particularly Otiwhiti and Westoe, providing a start on the land for cadets from all round the country.
Dan and Gina Duncan, Pouto 2:57
Dan and Gina Duncan feel like they moved from the end of the Earth to Invercargill last May to attend the 2018 Dairy Industry Awards where they came away with the Share Farmers of the Year title.
Richard Cookson, Springdale 2:49
Richard Cookson and his wife Louise Cullen studied at Lincoln University but then went overseas for work at scientists rather than heading for the farm. However, 12 years ago they answered a call to return home and now run a cow and goat dairy unit.
Hollie Wham and Owen Clegg, Manutahi 2:43
Hollie Wham and Owen Clegg are 50:50 sharemilkers who, despite achieving great things in the industry, give themselves little credit. Earlier this year they won the 2018 Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmer of the Year title. They also won the Honda Farm Safety and Health Award, Ravensdown Pasture Performance Award and the Westpac Business Performance Award.
Lisa Kendall, Karaka 3:02
Lisa Kendall reckons she does a little bit of everything when it comes to hiring out her skills for farm work. But she’s also a competitor, scholar, researcher and consultant and is a passionate champion of animal welfare who wants to work toward farm ownership. And though she’s starting with a small sheep milk venture she already has ideas about diversification into cheese and a cafe.
David Kidd, Shelly Beach 2:37
The Kidd family has expanded its farming interests in the Auckland province with the purchase of a medium-sized dairy farm and some adjacent leased land for grazing at Shelly Beach on the south Kaipara Head. Every day they are learning and trying to do something better than yesterday. With two young daughters it's his goal to make sure they also have the opportunity to do something with this land at some point in the future.Read full article
Rob Cashmore, Orere 2:32
Tourists and commuter traffic along with proximity to Auckland keep Rob and Rachel Cashmore aware of the scrutiny farming is under. Rob’s not backward at sticking up for farmers but is also conscious of his role in protecting the land and nature while farming commercially.Read full article
Jodie Heaps, Mataura 2:00
With three of the four partners living in the North Island, teamwork is the secret to success for the Southland farm judged the best dairy business in the land. On Farm Story visited MOBH Farm and talked with Manager Jodie Heaps.Read full article
John Foley, Island Cliff 2:10
The Foley's and their team in Island Cliff are forward thinking in their approach to their dairy business.
In 2013 the low milk price was not the ideal time for a multimillion dollar dairy conversion let alone one writing its own blueprint, but John and Ruby had a vision and a goal and they were determined to see it through.
Geff Cookson, Kawakawa 2:06
The Cookson family are at the true heart of Northland's beef finishing in Kawakawa and are consistently producing carcaseweight yield and financial results well above the provincial average. Their pursuit of knowledge from hosting trials and research projects energises the Cooksons and draws hundreds of farmers to their field days.Read full article
John Falconer, Maniototo 2:07
John Falconer a farmer who says he is benefiting from two generations of careful deer breeding, makes something of an understatement describing his Central Otago deer farm business as diverse.Read full article
Will Morrison, Rangitikei 2:16
Rangitikei sheep and beef farmer William Morrison has connected his hill-country farm to the world through social media with images of the breathtaking property a hit on Twitter. By looking to the future he’s building on his family’s 150 years on the land.Read full article