Ben & Libby Tosswill, Birch Hill Station 3:49
Working the land is a challenging business at the best of times and for Central Hawke’s Bay farmers Ben and Libby Tosswill it’s important to focus on what they can change and try not to loose too much sleep over what they can’t.
David & Kate Acland, Mt Somers 4:10
Driving their business to grow and intensify while keeping true to their farming values for Mt Somers Station is a challenge for David and Kate Acland who are also heavily involved in both their local community and wider industry groups.
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.
Mike Porter, Lyalldale 3:29
Mike Porter is a considered man. His views and actions are more than opinions formed from spending too many hours behind the wheel of a tractor on his South Canterbury arable farm.
Hamish Guild, Rakaia Gorge 3:42
Four families working together presents challenges but equally it’s provided disproportionate opportunities for the Guild clan on High Peak Station, farm operations manager Hamish Guild says.
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.
Tangaroa Walker, Southland 4:12
Media sensation Tangaroa Walker has X-factor in spades and he wants to use it to lift other farmers out of the mire.
Johnie McFadzean, Wairarapa 2:52
The McFadzean name is well known to farmers looking for top-quality weaners but the family is now turning its attention to producing affordable yearling bulls based on top-of-the-line genetics.
Ben and Renee Riley, Rockville 3:30
Golden Bay dairy farmers Ben and Renee Riley are proving a small farm can offer big payback.
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.
Amanda Henderson, Kairuru 3:19
Kairuru farmer Amanda Henderson says there’s a whole lot more to farming than picking a paddock and putting some animals in it.
Jenni Ridd, Cheltenham 3:19
Getting in on the ground floor of a new industry can have its challenges but as hemp growers Jenni and John Ridd told Colin Williscroft, that’s all part of the learning process.
On Farm Story Jacqui and Dan Cottrell, Moawhango 3:22
A liking for a particular food on a foreign trip is paying dividends for Dan and Jacqui Cottrell and providing extra income for their Taihape farm.
Greg Hart, Elsthorpe 3:43
Hawke’s Bay farmers Greg and Rachel Hart are committed to producing top-quality food by using nature as a guide while re-establishing a connection between people and the land that sustains them.
Mairi Whittle, Moawhango 3:30
Bring on the tough challenges
Being the boss isn’t easy and it’s even harder going solo on tough hill country prone to long, cold winters and dry summers. But for Taihape farmer Mairi Whittle it’s her dream come true.
Sarah Gilbertson, Waituna West 3:10
Setting up a tourism venture on a farm not only provides a second income but also acts as a public relations exercise to help bridge the rural-urban divide. And when it includes luxury glamping and breathtaking views the visitors cannot fail to be impressed.
On Farm Stroy | Mark Guscott, Martinborough 3:19
Glen Eden farm is a busy place. Mark and Susannah Guscott, the owners of the South Wairarapa property, have fingers in multiple pies and for good measure are about to open tourist accommodation.
Don and Kirsten Watson, South Head Kaipara 3:10
A farm journey for a Northland couple has been full of ups and downs but one event in particular led them to push themselves to not just move but to forge ahead and buy their own farm.
Molly Gardner, Le Bons Bay 3:14
From teaching children to farming alpacas. One Cantabrian’s career path is beyond compare.
Chris Guy, Karaka 2:43
When New Zealanders think of Auckland few think of farming. But a young Karaka dairying couple are combining their love of the city with their passion for the land.
Dawn Bendall, Uruti 2:53
Taranaki duck farmers Dawn and Glen Bendall are earning a living out of making people, including themselves, healthier.
Trish Rankin, Kaupokonui 3:11
When Glen and Trish Rankin entered the Dairy Industry Awards one of the things they looked forward to was the feedback from judges. However, when it came, it wasn't what they expected.
Kate Broadbent, Waikaretu 2:52
Waikaretu Valley sheep and beef farmer Kate Broadbent is committed to improving the odds for New Zealand sheep farmers against natural hazards.
Dan Shan, Island Hills 2:34
It’s tough, rough country but Island Hills Station owners Dan and Mandy Shand are passionate farmers and innovative in their diversification to achieve financial sustainability.
Tony Eade, Foxton Beach 2:12
Foxton Beach man Tony Eade has a volatile mix when it comes to his jobs but manages to successfully combine volunteer firefighting and milking.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cam Henderson, Oxford 3:00
This week we are down in Canterbury with Cam Henderson who grew up on a dairy farm in Waikato and decided dairy farming wasn't for him - fast forward a few years and he saw a new light in the industry.
Mike and Vicki Cottrell, Taihape 2:24
A desire not to be anchored to machinery led Mike and Vicki Cottrell to try something new. They headed for the hills and have spent a quarter-century running sheep and cattle on medium to steep back country near Taihape.
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.
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.
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.
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.