Kaiwera farmers Andrew and Heather Tripp have won the supreme
title in the Southland Ballance farm awards for the second
Since first winning the title in the inaugural Southland
awards in 2002, Mr and Mrs Tripp have added a dairy farm to
their diverse farming operation based on Nithdale Station.
Along with sheep, beef, dairy and forestry, the 1635ha
property also runs a genetics business, comprising Romney and
Suffolk sheep, and a farmstay.
Judges praised the Tripps' commitment and passion for the
land, which was first settled by Mr Tripp's grandfather in
Carrying 17,000 stock units, Nithdale was described as a
large property with six enterprises running all at once and
''excellence sought from every stream of operation''.
The 275ha (effective) dairy unit was established in 2008.
Sharemilkers Jan and Catherine de Klerk milk more than 830
cows. Production of 1309kg ms/ha was achieved last season.
A feed pad for up to 600 cows was built two years ago and
helped prevent soil pugging.
Pasture utilisation, weed control and overall aesthetics were
excellent, with established trees providing future income,
biodiversity and shelter.
All waterways on the dairy unit had been riparian fenced with
generous buffer zones.
Judges also noted the Tripps' focus on retaining as much red
tussock and indigenous vegetation as possible during hill
A field day will be held at Nithdale Station on Tuesday,