The primary objectives of the Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year competition are to identify, promote and celebrate excellence in pastoral farming in Hawke’s Bay. In doing so we endorse the contribution of pastoral farming to the economic cultural and social well being of Hawke’s Bay.
For over forty years the Hawke’s Bay A&P Society has championed this competition and it is seen as the premier farming event on the Hawke’s Bay Calendar.
3237 Putere Road, RD4, Raupunga
Field Day - 3 May 2018 11am - Programme PDF
The 2018 Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year is farming Sheep, Beef and Deer in a 51/35/ and 14% split between species. He manages a breeding farm at 3000 feet combined with a small finishing farm at near sea level. After managing this property for 27 years he is passionate beyond belief, and is always striving to improve.
1530 hectares of which 1171 is effective, running 4300 Romney Ewe, 336 Black cows plus replacements and 737 deer in a summer safe climate but subject to long harsh winters. This is an impressive 9.2 su/ha. Livestock are maintained in excellent condition and perform in the top echelon for any class of country, let alone this exposed location. All stock are targeted to be finished within the business. The 2017 lambing was a station record at 154.5% with only 13.5% wastage from scanning and calving consistently near 90%.
The Governance, Management and Supervision of this property make for a formidable team all accepting of innovation and performance gains in a sustainable manner.
This Year’s Winner is DAVE DANKS farming MONARAE Station in the PUTERE district for the PAM TORBETT CHARITABLE TRUST
Entries for the 2018 Competition that celebrates excellence in pastoral farming in Hawke’s Bay will be accepted from 19 October 2017.
Entry Form Entries close 28 February 2018
This regionally significant competition seeks to identify those operators, be they managers or owners, that maximise the potential of the property they farm in an efficient and sustainable manner. Past entrants comment “entering the competition has helped us think strategically about our business and the opportunity to benchmark ourselves alongside our peers has been a valuable experience”. The judging process is conducted by an independent panel of industry participants that understand the practicalities of the modern farming business. Past winners have gone on to become industry leaders, mentors and spokespeople for the pastoral farming community.
Accept the challenge and the opportunity this award presents and talk to your trusted advisors about entering the 2018 Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year competition.
The winner will receive:
• Recognition of being the Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year
• A prize pool to the value of over $30,000
• The E.B.Hindmarsh Trophy Donated by The Wife of the Late E B Hindmarsh
• A Silver Salver Donated by Friends of the Late E B Hindmarsh
Mr Geordie McCallum - Masterton
Mr Neil Aicken - Waikato
12 April 2018 Tickets on Sale 1 February 2018
The Hawke's Bay A&P Society invites you to join with them to celebrate a year of excellence in the primary sector as we announce the winners of;
Silver Fern Farms Hawke's Bay Farmer of the Year
Pan Pac Hawke's Bay Farm Forester of the Year
Laurie Dowling Memorial Award
Lawson Robinson Hawke's Bay A&P Scholarship
Hastings District Council Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Industry Leader
Bayleys Hawke's Bay Primary Sector Professional of the Year
Date: 12 April 2018
Venue: Event Centre, ShowgroundsHawke's Bay
Dress: Smart Business Attire
Tickets: $150.00 (plus GST) includes all beverages, 3 course meal and canapes
Pre Dinner drinks 6.00pm - 7.00pm. Awards Ceremony commences 7.15pm
Contact: Hillary Riches
P: 06 8783123 Ext 705 M: 027 2588784 E: email@example.com
Paul & Marie Renton - Glenmore
1040 Aorangi Road, Mangatahi, RD1, Hastings