Classic photos from 2016

STUNNER: Focus on Land received a number of absolutely beautiful rural snaps this year and this one took special place on the pages back in May. It was taken on Totaranui Station near Ruatoria. Picture supplied
ESSENCE OF FARMING: This picture of Sam Hain from Waikura Station at Pehiri sums up in many ways the essence of farming — family!! Tom holds one of Dad’s hands while Lilla holds the other. The Hains featured on Country Calendar earlier this year and what a great story it was. Picture supplied
FARM OF THE YEAR: Andrew and Amanda Solomann showed off Landcorp’s Parikanapa Station on April 1. They and the property were thoroughly deserved winners of the Federated Farmers Hill Country Farmers of the Year award for 2016 and the field day drew a big crowd to look over an excellent farm. Picture by Liam Clayton
Happy New Year everyone! — M
EYE CATCHER: A southerly change that swept through the district one night in March produced a host of great shots. This one was a real eye catcher. Estelle Ricart and her pets, Bear the cat and Nina the dog, were pictured in a paddock on the Spence property at Waerenga-a-Hika. Picture by Ken Spence

Some of the photos that took our breath away this year.

Some of the photos that took our breath away this year.

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