Sue and Peter Forbes with some of their alpacas at their lifestyle block in Eyrewell Forest

Ice cream stop leads to alpaca farm

A chance encounter after stopping for ice cream in Ashburton 18 years ago led Eyrewell Forest couple Sue and Peter Forbes to discover a passion for… Read More

Champion Clydesdale

Chance encounter creates successful venture

After spotting a Clydesdale at the 1995 Oxford A&P Show, Margo Vliet Vlieland turned to her husband Alan and told him, “I want one of those… Read More

Integrated Farm Plan (IFP) lead consultant Paul Reese discusses IFP outcomes with Swannanoa farmer Andrew Gilchrist.

Integrated farm plan boosts business structure

Swannanoa farmer Andrew Gilchrist has delved deep into the business and people side of his family-operated farm through completing an Integrated Farm Plan (IFP). Andrew is… Read More

Penny and Gary Robinson have found that farmers using their subsurface drip irrigation system are saving on water and labour costs while growing more grass on their farms.

Underground irrigation trial boosts efficiency

Gary and Penny Robinson have received positive feedback on water use efficiency and increased grass growth from Maniototo sharemilker, Luke Jeffries, after installing a Subsurface Drip… Read More

Fernside dairy farmer Julie Bradshaw has been empowered to make decisions on which cows to focus on by using genomic data.

Genomic data empowers decision-making

Over the past two years, Fernside farmer Julie Bradshaw has refined her dairy herd size through the use of genomics while maintaining the same level of… Read More