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The regions primary sector is in good hands

27th Apr, 2016  |  Primary Sector Awards

Winners Announced at Napier Port Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Awards

“The regions primary sector is in good hands”

A record 430 people, celebrated the biggest night on the region’s primary sector calendar, hosted by the Hawke’s Bay A & P Society at the showgrounds.

Hawke’s Bay A & P Society president Richard Chambers said recognising and celebrating primary sector excellence has reached a new level in Hawke’s Bay.

“These awards let us celebrate the people leading and working incredibly hard, they are all dedicated to their different sectors within the primary industry – they are making a real difference and helping make our region successful.”

“Hawke’s Bay’s primary sector is a phenomenal success story, it has grown through diversity and innovation and is the backbone of our economy supporting industry, business and growing jobs”.

Central Hawke’s Bay farmers Grant & Sally Charteris, of Forest Road Farm have won the ultimate Hawke’s Bay farming trophy, the Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year.  Farming 320ha in Tikokino with a mix of Deer, Beef and Sheep, with an EFS of $941/ha and a 9.6% RoC, these two have a real passion for their industry, understand their market and their consumer, and have a vision outside the farm gate for their business and their commitment to the wider deer industry.  The field day on the 12th May will show what made these farmers stand out amongst their peers.

Peter Tod, Chairman of the Napier Port HB Primary Sector Awards said “A stand out for the judges of the Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year was the outstanding physical and financial performances of their farm, their passion for their farm, their business and their family and Grant’s inherent ability with his stock and his attention to the detail of their welfare was a privilege to see. “ It will be an impressive field-day next month when we get to see and understand more about how Grant & Sally are achieving award winning results.”

 Hastings District Council Industry Leader of the Year was awarded to Craig Hickson.  Craig has demonstrated over many years a passion for Hawke’s Bay and the New Zealand sheep industry.  He is recognised within the Primary Industry sector as being innovative over his whole career and is now widely regarded as one of the countries key meat industry and farming leaders and a person that Hawke’s Bay is proud to call one of their own.  In 2012 Craig was awarded the Federated Farmers Agribusiness Person of the year for his outstanding contribution to the industry and was awarded Ernst Young New Zealand Entrepreneur of the year in 2015.

Rob & Jean Ennor, Ranui Farms have won the Pan Pac Hawke’s Bay Farm Forester of the Year.  The 400ha farm is not only a working sheep and beef farm but thanks to the hard working Ennor family the farm is open to school and tourist groups.  Hawke’s Bay Farm Foresters will be running a field day on this farm on the 19 May to showcase the diversity of this winning family.

Fourth year Lincoln University student Olivia Ellis, who is studying a Bachelor of Agriculture Science with honors focusing on sheep genetics was awarded the Lawson Robinson Hawke’s Bay A&P Scholarship.  Ellis has been raised on the family farm in Onga Onga, has a love of the outdoors and farming.

The winner of the Laurie Dowling Memorial Award for Outstanding Contribution to Agriculture in Hawke's Bay is Central Hawke's Bay farmer Bay de Lautour. Bay has been passionate about wool his whole life and has been tenacious in striving for success in the wool industry. He was made a member of the NZ Order of Merit in 2000 for services to farming. Bay was a founding director of the East Coast Wool Co-operative formed in Dannevirke in 1974, which has morphed over the years to become the Primary Wool Co-operative, of which Bay is chairman. It is a 50 per cent owner of CP Wool, which trades locally and internationally, is a major shareholder in NZ Yarn and owns the international wool carpet brand Just Shorn. Bay was also involved with funding for the Campaign for Wool in New Zealand. Bay was a founding member of the Wairarapa Romney Improvement Group (WRIG) in 1970. While Bay is still involved in the family’s Te Whangai Romney Stud, son Hamish took over in the 1980s and grandson Harry has joined the team as well.

Phil Tither, director of AgFirst was awarded the inaugural Bayleys Hawke’s Bay Primary Sector Professional of the Year award.  Phil is a registered member of the NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management and has made a significant contribution to the NZ rural professional sector over many years, in particular, bringing young people into farm consultancy and in the development of Farmax to be the pre-eminent tool for farm management.  He sees his achievements as being through clients achievements.  For him, their success is his success.

Tod said “it was pleasing to see such a high caliber and depth of entries across all competitions within these awards.  It shows the strength of the primary sector in Hawke’s Bay, and future leadership and innovation will continue to drive our economy.”

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