Bringing Grower Farmers and Owner Farmers Together for Maximum Profit
On this page we have collated some stories from farmers we have helped to grow profitable heifers. See below for these real world farming stories.
Kevin and Ros Firth – Firth Dairylands Limited
Service Manager: Aaron Leppard
Kevin and Ros Currently milk 565 cows on their flat farm featuring a range of soil types. Recent changes to the way that they farm have meant that Josh and BJ are returning to the farm. They are moving to a more intensive farming approach (Moving from system 3 to system 4). They are third generation on the farm and are looking at succession planning to allow BJ and Josh to take more active roles.
Alyse Fisher and Peter Slade – AK and PJ Pastoral Partnership
Service Manager: Ruth Kitchen
Alyse and Peter are sharemilkers on 128 effective hectares in the Mangakahia Valley, Northland
They are entering their fifth year of share milking on a farm in the Mangakahia Valley in Northland. They milk around 280 cows yearly, with the average yearly production increasing nicely.
Brian and Bev Ingram – Briley Farm Trust
Service Manager: Richard Hammond
Brian and Bev farm 170 cows on 63 Hectares south of Mount Taranaki. The farm is
immaculately set up, with many hedge rows protecting the herd from the brisk southerlies
that often sweep over the farm.
They have 46 replacement stock grazing in the Manawatu with NZ Grazing. They take great
care with all their animals and were very happy when their 21B animals returned home an
average 50kg over target at 539kgs each.
Jarrod and Danielle Hawkins – Hawkins Family Trust
Service Manager: Bryan Aldridge
Jarrod and Danielle farm 460 Hectares in the easy hill country west of Otorohanga. Their knowledge of pasture management and animal health contributes to excellent animal growth. Jarrod’s prior work as a dairy farmer makes him ideal to grow dairy replacement stock.
The farm is looking in excellent trim with its provision of shelter, riparian planting and views out to Mount Pirongia. That the farm looks so good is a testament to their enthusiasm for looking after the environment.
Stanley and Jeffrey White – White Brothers – Grower
Service Manager: Mandy Damsteegt
Stanley and Jeffrey White farm around 240 Hectares (including some forest) in the rugged country between Waitomo Caves and Marokopa Beach. They have been growers for NZ Grazing for over 20 years and continue to return excellent heifers to their owners.
The White Brothers farm is remarkable on the Caves Te Anga Road for the tidiness of its fencing, the orderly tracks, and the absence of weeds. The farm has benefited from sixty years of continuous improvement and following good farming practice.
Bruce and Gay McIndoe: Waikato Owner
Service Manager: Bryan Aldridge
Bruce and Gay have grown their dairy farm over time and now work with their son Brendan and NZ Grazing to improve the efficiency of their herd. Previously their replacement stock had been happily grazed on a weekly basis but, their vet advised them to graze using a weight gain model. Since taking this advice they have been very happy with the replacement heifers which have returned home. According to them “in their first lactation the heifers are milking almost as well as the mixed age cows”. They noted that these heifers were more relaxed amongst humans (as a result of the regular weighing) and easier to train.
Malcolm and Linda Jensen: Manawatu Grower
Service Manager: Richard Hammond
While only with NZ Grazing since 2018, they have clearly demonstrated how good planning leads to their success as one of NZ Grazing’s top growers. Although Malcolm is born to the land on which he currently farms, there is no sitting still as he and Linda seek to get the best use out of that land. As you can see from the photos, and sense from their responses they love the challenges that grazing replacement stock provides
Richard and Jacqui Law: Rangitikei Grower.
Service Manager: Amanda Seddon
Richie and Jacqui operate a farm approximately 15kms southeast of Taihape that has been in the Law family for 120 years. Their farm shows the benefits of a long term view to sustainable development,.
They work together to successfully grow great heifer replacements. Often times the conditions (temperature, terrain and rain) make their jobs difficult. But they have good knowledge and are not scared to ask the hard questions, which explains why they have become one of NZ Grazing’s highest performing growers.
Find how the support of NZ Grazing Service Managers, and the detailed reporting allows them to make good decisions around the use of their land.
John and Margaret Halden : Waikato Owner Farmer: NZ Grazing Service Manager: Aaron Leppard.
John and Margaret migrated to New Zealand forty seven years ago, and for nearly thirty of those years have been happy working with NZ Grazing to look after their replacement heifers.
At the time they had two children and one on the way. Their son is now managing the farm and grandson relief milks.
Like all good traditions, John expects NZ Grazing to continue returning well grown, in calf, heifers. He reckons that it saves him time and worry and he can rely on the fact that we are always doing our best for his animals.
Graham Brown, Northland Grower Farmer: NZ Grazing Service Manager: Ruth Marriot.
Graham Brown is a grower farmer from Northland, who I have had the pleasure of working with for the past 10 years.
Over this time he has successfully managed over 4000 animals for our company, being a mixture of heifers, bulls and a few steers.
The average performance on all the heifer lines Graham has managed is 40 kgs above their target heading back to the owners.
Graham is an extremely reliable and pro-active grower with a can-do attitude, The kind of person NZ Grazing and myself love to work with.
Mangarara Farm: NZ Grazing Service Manager: Amanda Seddon.
NZ Grazing is enjoying working with Greg and Rachel Hart. Their farm is situated in Otane in the Hawkes Bay and they are constantly vigilent around the impacts of changing weather patterns on their farm.
Greg and Rachel farm 610 hectares of which they have a 30 hectare lake on the property and 15 hectares of old native forest. They have added another 20 hectares of native plantings and are keen to introduce sustainable farming techniques where possible.