Three awards for Birch Hill Station at East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards

An ethos of “enriching land and people” has helped the owners of Birch Hill Station to gain three awards at the recent East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Ben and Libby Tosswill took out the Norwood Farming Efficiency Award, the NZFET Climate Recognition Award and the East Coast Farming for the Future Award. Carrying on […]

From woolshed to bed – two sisters spin their homeware dreams

After leaving life as a veterinarian and the corporate world, sisters Kate Cullwick and Prue Watson were looking for a new business venture to combine their talents and showcase the best of the family farm. Kate and her husband Jeremy Cullwick worked as vets practising in Dannevirke before moving to Jeremy’s family sheep and beef […]

Forward thinking sees farming family win award

Simon and Josi Beamish and Hugo & Pip Beamish of Awapai have been announced as the regional supreme winners at the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards in Gisborne. Awapai, which is in the WhanaWhana Valley, west of Hastings, is a 2,100ha (1,625ha effective) slice off the family’s original 7,910ha property. The grazing and finishing […]

Matangi Angus Beef Breaks New Ground With Boutique Butchery In Hawke’s Bay

Twelve months ago, the team at Matangi Angus Beef were in gumboots beginning repairs to their farm after Cyclone Gabrielle laid waste to much of it – a far cry from the position they now find themselves in as they open their brand new boutique butchery in the heart of Hastings’ foodie district, delivering an […]

Zanda McDonald Award crowns two winners at ten-year milestone

Two exceptional young women have been crowned as the 2024 winners of the coveted trans-Tasman agricultural award, the Zanda McDonald Award, at a special 10-year celebration evening. Australian Tessa Chartres and New Zealander Nancy Crawshaw have taken out the top honours with the award that recognises and supports future leaders in the primary sector. Australian […]

Demand for sheepskin products on the rise – Napier tannery

One of the country’s last remaining woolskin tanneries says there has been a resurgence in demand for sheepskin as people begin to turn away from plastic alternatives and “vegan” leather options. Founded in 1969, Classic Sheepskins in Napier is the last of its kind to operate entirely locally, with other tanneries either exporting their skins […]

Silver Fern Farms appoints Dan Boulton as new CEO

Dan Boulton has been appointed chief executive of Silver Fern Farms. The meat company announced today the appointment will take effect from February. Boulton is Silver Fern Farms’ chief supply chain officer, having been with the company for more than six years. Before this, he held roles in the seafood, horticulture and forestry industries. Silver […]

Zanda McDonald Award names finalists

Three future leaders in ag from NZ and three from Australia chosen. Six finalists have been chosen for the 2024 Zanda McDonald Award, which recognises and nurtures excellence in agriculture. The award, now entering its 10th year, fosters future leaders in agriculture, providing opportunities for growth, mentorship, and education. The finalists, three from each side […]

Top Agribusiness Talents Shine – Zanda McDonald Award Shortlist Unveiled

Australasia’s agricultural badge of honour, The Zanda McDonald Award, has revealed their shortlist of ten young professionals from Australia and New Zealand for the 2024 Award. The coveted award recognises future leaders working in agriculture and provides an impressive prize package centred around tailored mentoring and education. Next year marks the awards’ 10th anniversary of […]

Nursery looks to recover from cyclone with new business model

A Hawke’s Bay nursery which flooded during Cyclone Gabrielle is growing poplars for the first time – to help with future erosion control. Plant Hawke’s Bay which specialises in native plants had three metres of water smash through its Waiohiki nursery in February. Following the cyclone, hundreds of volunteers including RSE workers from nearby orchards […]

CHB farmer among finalists for Beef + Lamb Awards

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) has the announced finalists in the 2023 Beef + Lamb New Zealand Awards, and Central Hawke’s Bay farmer Mike Petersen has been named one of the finalists for the Alliance Significant Contribution Award. B+LNZ chief executive Sam McIvor said the judging team had a difficult task given the calibre […]