Muller 2015 Taranaki Environment Award Winners
Mark and Jacqui Muller run a 167ha dairy farm with a leased 35ha run-off property 3km away. The Muller’s operation has been in business for over 100 years. Mark is a third generation farmer. His Swiss grandfather Melchior began farming the original 48ha Muller family block in 1914.
Derek Fairweather, Chief Executive, Dairy Solutionz (NZ) Ltd
The impacts of global climate change, the subsequent negative impacts of heat stress and low commodity prices are becoming more pressing issues for the world’s tropical dairy cows and their farmers. Since 2006, New Zealand company Dairy Solutionz has been developing heat tolerant breeds for tropical pastoral farming systems. Roger Bourne speaks with chief executive of Dairy Solutionz, Derek Fairweather, about progress of the breeding programme that’s designed to produce a heat tolerant Bos Taurus dairy cow.
Hamish and Annabel Craw are the sixth generation of the Craw family to farm the outer bays of Banks Peninsula. They have three young children. Lincoln University-educated and highly motivated, Hamish and Annabel hosted a Beef + Lamb New Zealand Innovation Farm project on pasture management to encourage legumes on dry hill country. They had previously been a B+LNZ sheep profit partnership farm, with the aim to increase profitability by 5% annually compounded over three years.
Grant and Sally Charteris breed deer and grow crops on their Class 6 hill country Forest Road Farm at Tikokino. Their focus is on investing in genetics, to breed deer for velvet and trophy. They are also one of the advance parties in the Deer Industry Productivity Improvement Programme. In 2016 they won the title of Silver Fern Farms Hawke’s Bay Farmer of the Year.