Marlborough entrepreneur and winemaker Peter Yealands has won
the prestigious Lincoln University Foundation South Island
Farmer of the Year Award for 2013.
The finals were held at Lincoln University last Thursday.
The winner's prize is a $20,000 grant towards overseas travel
for study, research, marketing or a combination of these.
The Yealands entry, one of six finalists from the South
Island, also won the Silver Fern Farms ''Plate to Pasture''
award for consumer awareness, and the Lincoln University
award for best use of technology and innovation, each of
which came with $5000 prize money.
Andrew, Karen and Sam Simpson, of Lake Tekapo, were
runners-up with their high country merino sheep station,
Balmoral, which has diversified into forestry, deer,
cropping, property development, conservation recreation and
value-added processing of their wool and meat.
The BNZ award for best human resource management and the
award for resource use efficiency were both won by North
Canterbury dairy farmers Alan and Sharron Davie-Martin.