Otago Ballance Farm Environment Awards Supreme Award winner
Wayne McIntosh. Photo supplied.
Kaiwera farmers Andrew and Heather Tripp consider
themselves ''stewards of the land'' and ensure everything they
do has sustainability in mind.
The couple, who own 1635ha Nithdale Station, were named
Supreme Award winners of 2014 Southland Ballance Farm
Environment Awards (BFEA) for the second time at the awards
on Thursday, April 10.
Since winning the Supreme Award for the first time in 2002,
the Tripps constantly worked to ensure their property, which
has sheep, beef, dairy and forestry, as well as a genetics
business and a farmstay, was always operating sustainably, Mr
''We see ourselves as the stewards of the land, which a lot
of farmers do.''
''There have been a lot of situations where people have not
done so, but New Zealand has had quite a big shift towards
''It not only affects our future in terms of being able to
keep farming, but also the market, because people want to be
able to see you are sustainable.''
They also won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Soil Management
Award, the Massey University Innovation Award, the LIC Dairy
Farm Award and the Alliance Quality Livestock Award.
Judges praised the Tripps' commitment and passion for the
land, which was first settled by Andrew's grandfather in
Carrying 17,000 stock units, Nithdale was described as a
large property with six enterprises running at once and
''excellence sought from every stream of operation''.
Judges said the Tripps were always at the cutting edge of
farming for the future and are determined to adapt and adopt
BFEA Southland co-ordinator Helen van der Linden said this
year's awards night was the biggest since the awards began 12
years ago, with 300 people attending.
A BFEA field day will be held at Nithdale Station on April
McIntosh Orchard Ltd manager Wayne McIntosh said he was
surprised and overwhelmed to receive the Supreme Award at the
Otago BFEA night on April 11.
He also collected the Hill Laboratories Harvest Award, the
Ballance Agri- Nutrients Soil Management Award, the Massey
University Innovation Award and the WaterForce Integrated
Mr McIntosh said sustainability was ''imperative'' to running
''We have been running the orchard for more than 100 years
now, so sustainability is pretty high on the list.
''We are making sure we are doing what we can for future
generations - we want to leave the place in a better shape
than we found it.''
Judges said the 64ha pipfruit and stonefruit operation was a
business at the forefront of its industry, describing it as a
top producing orchard with ''a vision and strategy to promote
the Otago region and to be recognised nationally and
Situated between Alexandra and Clyde, the family-owned
orchard has about 34,000 trees and produces cherries,
peaches, nectarines, apricots, apples and a range of trial
Mr McIntosh has been managing the business for 10 years and
runs it in partnership with his parents, Stuart and Sharyn.
Judges commended Mr McIntosh on his ''commitment and
enthusiasm'' to running a successful and growing business
while continuing to ''ensure the sustainability of this
A BFEA field day will be held at McIntosh Orchard on May 14.