ON FARM STORY ARCHIVES

Farming through the generations

Members of Guy Bell’s family have been farming in Hawke’s Bay for five generations, with his sons making it six. Colin Williscroft reports.

Quality over quantity

A Canterbury couple who make top quality buffalo cheese faced a tough time during the covid-19 lockdown but now that their market is back, it’s stronger than ever. 

Business diversity brings rewards

Simon and Pip Todhunter run a diversified farming-based business on the Kaikoura coast, which means they have plenty of balls in the air to keep an eye on, as Colin Williscroft found out.

A strong sense of community

Kohuratahi farmer Daniel ‘Pork’ Hutchinson spent many years working in the UK and parts of mainland Europe and Australia, but for him there’s nowhere better than the eastern Taranaki farm he grew up on. Colin Williscroft reports.

‘Our attitude determines our altitude’

Grant McNaughton’s path to farm ownership did not follow the most orthodox route, but it worked. Neal Wallace visits the McNaughtons on The Dasher Station in North Otago.

Kidding around on-farm

An Auckland farmer has made the transition from milking cows to goats and has now established the largest goat farm in New Zealand. Gerald Piddock reports.

Passion for farming, women’s empowerment

Resilience is a liberally used term, but it certainly applies to Laura Douglas. The Southland woman has overcome her share of adversity but Neal Wallace discovers she refuses to let it beat her dream and passion for agriculture and sharing that passion with other women.

Business focus helps realise ownership goal

A changing New Zealand farming landscape has made it increasingly difficult for the next generation to get into farm ownership. Colin Williscroft spoke to Tim and Monique Neeson, who have bucked that trend.

Tackling farming boots and all

A former international rugby player who once played for the All Blacks, decided to end his stellar career and hang his boots to return to his farming roots. Gerard Hutching reports.