The finalists have been selected for the Otago Ballance Farm
There were 10 entries in the awards, which were judged by
Matt Harcombe, Andrea Ludemann, Bernard Lynch and John
The winners will be announced at an awards dinner to be held
at The Venue in Wanaka on Friday, April 12.
The five finalists are.-Terry and Jacqui Carr, from Argyll
Dairy Farm Partnership at Clydevale, who bought and converted
a farm with their equity partners five years ago. They milk
1200 cows through two sheds and Mr Carr is also involved with
supervising 35 farms in Southland for MyFarm.
Stuart and Lorraine Duncan, and Graeme and Alison Duncan,
from Penvose Farms, at Wedderburn, farm a mixed sheep, cattle
and deer farm with an associated rail trail tourism business.
In addition, farm tours of the property are run through
tourism operators. Outside business interests include a dairy
farm equity partnership in the Maniototo.
Alistair and Judith Campbell, and Duncan and Amanda Campbell
farm Earnscleugh Station, a 21,000ha property running about
27,000 stock units. Mitchell and Webster Group, from North
Otago, is made up of two businesses - Mitchell and Webster
Ltd, which produces sunflower and canary seed that is
processed and sold by the second business, Topflite Ltd, a
birdseed and small animal feed business.
Topflite sells more than 1600 tonnes of birdseed and small
animal feed per year, some of which is exported to Australia.
Tom and Jan Pinckney bought the 8500ha Northburn Station at
Cromwell in 1993, later leasing Waenga, a 2250ha private
lease from Contact Energy, and Leaning Rock, a 2250ha
They have developed a vineyard and restaurant operation that
also serves to promote their products - wine, merino and
homegrown fruit and vegetables.