A Canterbury high country family farming enterprise
contesting the Lincoln University Foundation South Island
Farmer of the Year has been praised for its vision and
Andrew, Karen and Sam Simpson, of Balmoral Station, Lake
Tekapo were runners-up in this year's awards.
Marlborough entrepreneur and winemaker Peter Yealands won the
award for 2013. He receives a $20,000 grant towards overseas
travel for study, research, marketing or a combination of
The Yealands enterprise 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, receiving $5000 for each.
Chief Judge Nicky Hyslop said the winery stood out for its
innovation, entrepreneurship and vision.
The Simpson family operation was also ''notable for its
vision and entrepreneurship'', she said.
The family operation stood out for its extensive skill set,
its business and governance structures, and international
networking, Mrs Hyslop said.
''We had an outstanding group of finalists this year, all of
a very high calibre,'' Lincoln University Foundation chairman
Ben Todhunter said.
''They each in their way represented some of the best
examples of the high performing, innovative leading-edge
farming that is coming out of the South Island.''
North Canterbury dairy farmers Alan and Sharron Davie-Martin
won the BNZ award for best human resource management, and the
award for resource use efficiency.
Other finalists were; Southland sheep and beef farmers Neil
and Philippa Gardyne, Roxburgh hill country farmers Trevor
and Karen Peters, and Simon and Pip Todhunter, of Blenheim,
who intensively farm Marlborough east coast hill country.