March 26, 2015
Whanau farms make Ahuwhenua finals
Two East Coast farms and one in the far north have made the cut for this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy.
The competition for Maori farming excellence focuses this year on sheep and beef production.
Bart and Nuku Hadfield’s 1500 hectare Mangaroa Station in the Ruakaituri Valley, about an hour north west of Wairoa, is typical hill country with virtually no flat land.
They run 6200 Romney Perendale ewes, and 500 Angus breeding cows .
It’s not to be confused with Maranga Station in the hills 30 km south west of Gisborne, where Marty and Janice Charteris run sheep, Angus cattle and goats on 850 hectares.
The Northland contender Paua Station at Te Kao, where the Parengarenga Incorporation farms almost 3000 Angus cattle and 7000 sheep on 2400 hectares of easy rolling coastal sand country.
Ahuwhenua chair Kingi Smiler says they are worthy finalists who have demonstrated a determination to create successful farming operations that will not only benefit them but also their whanau.
Field days will be held in April and May, and the winner will be announced announced at the Ahuwhenua Trophy Awards Dinner in Whanganui at the end of May.
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