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Dairy Farmers Win Supreme Award

Nick and Nicky Dawson Patoka

Dairy farmers Nick and Nicky Dawson from Glenelg (Great Glen Farm Ltd) are congratulated on being this year’s Supreme Winner of the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

The Dawsons were named Supreme Winner at the gala dinner in Napier on 20 March.

“We are proud that all three finalists were Hawke’s Bay farms, and that our local farmers are showing leadership across environmental, production, financial and human aspects of the farming business, as well as being involved and contributing to the community,” says HBRC Catchment Manager Brendan Powell. 

The annual awards programme which gives farmers an opportunity to benchmark their farm with other like-minded farmers in the region. It has an emphasis on positive role modelling and looking at the most effective tools to improve farm practices.

As well as the Supreme Award, the Dawsons won the Bayleys People in Primary Sector Award, DairyNZ Sustainability and Stewardship Award, WaterForce Integrated Management Award and the Predator Free Farm Award.

The Dawsons have also been Gold Award achievers in Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s own Dairy Compliance Awards since it was started in 2013.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and Gisborne District Council’s jointly sponsor the regional award ‘Farming for the Future’ which was won by other finalists, Dave Read and Judy Bogaard, sheep and beef farmers of Waiau Station in the Wairoa hill country. They also won the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Livestock Farm Award, Hill Laboratories Agri-Science Award, and the Massey University Innovation Award.

The third finalist, Flemington lamb and beef finishers Watergreen Tourere Partnership in Central Hawke’s Bay, owned by Pete Swinburn and Suzanne Hoyt, and Bruce Isles and Danelle Dinsdale, won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Soil Management Award and the Norwood Agri-Business Management Award.

The Ballance Farm Environment Awards recognise and celebrate good farm practices which promotes sustainable land management through an annual awards programme that is run in 11 regions throughout New Zealand.


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5 April 2019

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