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.


Wed 25 October - Northland - Okaihau Pastoral Ltd, Joe Foster & Cam Holmes

910 State Highway 1, Okaihau
NZ Runner Up Winners and Best Northland Farm Performance for the second year running highlights this business' consistency and adaptability to a challenging operating environment. Okaihau Pastoral have a superior ROC of 3.2% and operating expenses of $4.26/kgMS.  A high proportion of home-grown forage (94%) helps to keep the cost of consumed feed low for a high-input system.

Tues 31 October - Canterbury - BJ Caird Ltd/Grassy Banks, B & K Caird and S & K Searle

1026 Seadown Road, Timaru
Winners of Best Canterbury Farm Performance and Lowest Environmental Impact, the Cairds had very low nutrient losses at 21kgN/ha/yr and 0.7kgP/ha/yr.  Other areas of focus were superior cow performance through genetic selection and management of animal health leading to an impressive feed conversion efficiency ratio of 10.4kgDM/kgMS and cows producing 99% of their body weight.

Thurs 2 November - West Coast - Pan Farms Ltd, Paul & Andrea Stevenson

673 Taramakau Settlement Road, Kumara
Best West Coast Farm Performance and Best People Performance & Leadership.  Pan Farm had strong HR metrics (within the top three from the finalist pool) and HR compliance areas covered, this farm performed well in the HR judging for their attention to their staff and concern for their team members as people as well as ‘workers.’  Pasture formed 81.7% of the cows' diet and their pasture cost was the lowest of all finalists at $232/tDM. They harvested 11.6tDM/ha from dryland, producing 1235kgMS/ha.

Tues 7 November - Waikato - PG & KF West Ltd, Peter & Karen West

1410 Kaihere Road, Ngatea
Winners of the Best Waikato Farm Performance Award the Wests showed great consistency across all areas, being a finalist in both the HR and Environmental awards.  Key takeouts were the highest informal training investment in people and a low N loss/ha of 28.  The Wests achieved a solid return on capital of 1.8%, alongside an operating profit margin of 18.3%. 

Thurs 9 November - Bay of Plenty - Raroad Farms Ltd, David & Sandra Clark

217 Raroa Road, Waimana
Winners of the Best Central Plateau / Bay of Plenty Farm Performance Award the Clarks had an excellent return on capital at 3.2% with one of the highest operating profits within the DBOY17 finalist group at $1808/ha.  The Clarks run their system very efficiently and are excellent pasture managers with the highest pasture harvest amongst competition finalists at 14.4tDM/ha from dryland, and a very efficient conversion to milk solids at 12.3kgDM consumed/kgMS produced.

Tues 14 November - Wairarapa - Goodlands Partnership, Blair & Deanne Percy

36 Stronvar Road, Masterton
Winners of the Best Wairarapa Farm Performance Award this business demonstrated consistently good business performance in a number of areas and solid environmental performance.  Key environmental takeouts were a very low N loss/ha of 23 and soluble N use of 69.  Cost of production was $3.40/kgMS and operating expenses an impressive $3.82/kgMS.

Thurs 16 November - Manawatu - Garvaghy Gold Ltd, Robert & Colleen Ervine

1304 Rangiotu Road, Palmerston North
Winners of the Best Manawatu Farm Performance Award and a finalist for the environmental award.  Garvaghy Gold showed a solid return on capital of 2% and operating profit of $997/ha.  Their pasture harvest was one of the highest at 13.4tDM/ha from dryland producing 1240kgMS/ha.

Tues 21 November - Taranaki - Sulzberger Farms Ltd, Andrew & Sibylle and Brad & Chris Sulzberger

324 Pukearuhe Road, Urenui
Awarded NZ Supreme Winner, Business Resilience, Low Input Farm with Best Financials & Best Taranaki Farm Performance.
An excellent return on capital at 3.7%, with a very high operating profit at $2166/ha and an outstanding low cost system at $2.50/kgMS.  Come along and find out more about this very efficient low-input, forage-based system.


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