Thurs 31 October - Manawatu - Hopkins Farming Group, Waihora - Shawn Southee

1591 State Highway 56, Palmerston North - S/N 45595
Best Lower North Island Farm Performance Award.  Clearly, a tough grass-growing season with pasture harvested of 9.8 tDM/ha, but a cost of production at $4.37/MS meant Waihora Farm was able to achieve a very respectable Return on Capital of 5.6%.  This, combined with a strong HR performance, saw them take out this award.

Tues 5 November - Canterbury - River Terrace Dairy Ltd - Brent & Rebecca Miller

908 Withells Road, Ashburton - S/N 39616
This exceptional farming business took out the joint Runner Up, Best Canterbury Farm Performance, People Performance & Leadership and Business Resilience Awards. They were also a Finalist in the Environmental Impact Awards.  Lowest Cost of Production of all finalists at $3.84/kgMS, Return on Capital 7.5% and Operating Profit Margin 42.4%.

Tues 12 November - BOP/Cental Plateau - Hanze Farms Ltd - Scott & Larissa Anderson

322 Rehi Road, Rotorua - S/N 78634
Best Central Plateau/BOP Farm Performance Award.  This region had the greatest number of finalists so was a tough region to win.  Achieving over 500 kgMS/cow at a Cost of Production below $4.00 saw Hanze Farms Ltd have a Return on Capital of 8.50%.  Come along and hear more about this great farming business.

Thurs 14 November - Waikato - McCullough Farm Partnership Ltd - Richard & Nadine McCullough

100 Kentucky Road, Cambridge - S/N OCD 075
Joint Runner Up, Lowest Environmental Impact Award and Best Waikato Farm Performance Winners, McCullough Farm Partnership achieved great results with low N use, effluent spread on 66% of farm, low N leaching (25 kgN/ha/yr), Cost of Production per kgMS of $3.95 and Operating Profit Margin of 44.0%

Tues 19 November - Northland - Okaihau Pastoral Holdings Limited

910 State Highway 1, Okaihau - S/N 10704
2019 Dairy Business of the Year, High Input Farm with Best Financials and Best Northland Farm Performance - Okaihau Pastoral Holdings Ltd were thoroughly-deserving winners of this year's Supreme Award.  Impressive metrics with highest milksolids per cow production at 538 MS/cow, Cost of Production $4.01 per MS, Enviro Award Finalists and Return on Capital of 11.3% being 30% greater than the second highest ROC.  An on-farm event not to be missed.


Tues 23 October - Taranaki - Cleaver Farms Ltd - S, V & D Cleaver, N Hepburn

430 South Road, Hawera - S/N 41845
Winners of both Best Taranaki Farm Performance and Business Resilience Awards, Cleaver Farms had the lowest cost of production at $3.09/kgMS and the highest operating profit margin of 46.8% in this category.  Achieving 397kgMS/cow on an 88% pasture-based system resulted in an excellent operating surplus in an improved payout season.

Thurs 25 October - Manawatu - Garvaghy Gold Ltd, Robert & Colleen Ervine

1304 Rangiotu Road, Palmerston North - S/N 45282
Best Manawatu Farm Performance and Low Input Farm with Best Financials.  Garvaghy Gold were also finalists for the Environmental Award.  They achieved 435kgMS/cow on a 96% pasture-based system and growing 14.3tDM/ha saw a 5.2% return on capital.  Strong per cow production and cost control were evident in their financial operation.

Thurs 1 November - Waikato - Riddings Farm Limited, Chris, Jude & Richard Stacey

183 Lethbridge Road, Te Awamutu - S/N 74600
Runner Up, Lowest Environmental Impact & Best Waikato Farm Performance Winners.  Riddings Farm was able to achieve a return on capital of 5.1% by maintaining cost of production at $4.17 per kgMS for a high input system with only 58% of feed coming from pasture.  They also achieved a 33% operating profit margin.  An exceptional business with a high focus on environment and people.

Tues 6 November - Canterbury - Theland Purata Farm Group, Delaborin

989 Morgans Road, Hororata - S/N 1017
Best Canterbury Farm Performance.  Delaborin Farm came out tops in a tightly-contested region; in the end cost control decided the difference.  Very good pasture harvest at 15.5tDM/ha from a medium input system.  Return of capital of 5.3%, operating profit margin of 32.4% and cost of production per kgMS of $4.21.

Thurs 8 November - West Coast - Pan Farm Ltd, Paul & Andrea Stevenson

673 Taramakau Settlement Road, Kumara - S/N 327
Best West Coast Farm Performance.  Pan Farm achieved an excellent profit margin of 30.2% and the second highest return on capital (6.5%) across all finalists.  Per cow production at 478kgMS was excellent from a medium input system.  This is the second year Pan Farm have won the West Coast Farm Performance Award.

Tues 13 November - Southland - MOBH Farm Ltd, J Heaps, K Hall, T Montgomerie & M Turnwald

690 Gore Mataura Highway, Gore - S/N 32355
Supreme Winner, Best Southland Farm Performance, Medium Input Farm with Best Financials.  MOBH Farm achieved incredible results to take out the Supreme Award for 2018.  Metrics include: 486 MS/cow - highest of all finalists and with an 82% pasture-based system; return on capital of 7.9%; operating profit margin of 46.3% and cost of production of $3.25 per kgMS.  A business to be proud of.


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