HB dairy farmers win farm enviros

East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Craig Pennell and Andrea Barry from Parkhill dairy farm in Hawke’s Bay won the overall award in the East Coast Ballance Farm Enivronment Awards.
Richard and Hannah Coop from Okepuha Station at Mahia took out three of the awards sections - including the livestock, agri-science and farming for the future awards.

Parkhill dairy farm at Ashley Clinton in the Hawke’s Bay has won the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards — entered by owner Andrea Barry and manager Craig Pennell.

The win was announced at an awards dinner at the Napier Conference Centre on Wednesday night.

The winners will host a field day in April.

Parkhill was one of the first three dairy farms converted by Andrea and her late husband Peter Barry in 1994.

Andrea Barry is proud of the work that has been done and is still being done on Parkhill.

“When you go to the top of the hill and look over the land, it’s amazing how it has changed in 23 years,” she said.

“It’s a beautiful property that deserves to be showcased. I’m ready to show it off. We have not entered environmental awards in the past because of people’s perceptions of dairy.

“Here’s our chance to change that.”

Parkill employs 65 staff working on 2600ha of milking platform and leased dairy support land.

As well as being named the regional supreme winners, Andrea, Craig and the team at Parkhill dairy farm won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Soil Management Award, CB Norwood Distributors Ltd Agri-Business Management Award and the Massey University Innovation Award.

BEL Group had a good showing at the awards evening with another finalist, Andrea’s son Robert and daughter- in-law Alison, winning the Predator Free New Zealand Award.

Richard and Hannah Coop from Okepuha Station at Mahia, won the Beef and Lamb New Zealand Livestock Award, Hill Laboratories Agri-Science Award and the East Coast Farming for the Future Award (sponsored by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Gisborne District Council). The WaterForce Integrated Management Award was won by Steve Treseder, who manages a Waipukurau sheep and beef farm for Nisbett Taumata Estate Ltd.

Parkhill dairy farm at Ashley Clinton in the Hawke’s Bay has won the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards — entered by owner Andrea Barry and manager Craig Pennell.

The win was announced at an awards dinner at the Napier Conference Centre on Wednesday night.

The winners will host a field day in April.

Parkhill was one of the first three dairy farms converted by Andrea and her late husband Peter Barry in 1994.

Andrea Barry is proud of the work that has been done and is still being done on Parkhill.

“When you go to the top of the hill and look over the land, it’s amazing how it has changed in 23 years,” she said.

“It’s a beautiful property that deserves to be showcased. I’m ready to show it off. We have not entered environmental awards in the past because of people’s perceptions of dairy.

“Here’s our chance to change that.”

Parkill employs 65 staff working on 2600ha of milking platform and leased dairy support land.

As well as being named the regional supreme winners, Andrea, Craig and the team at Parkhill dairy farm won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Soil Management Award, CB Norwood Distributors Ltd Agri-Business Management Award and the Massey University Innovation Award.

BEL Group had a good showing at the awards evening with another finalist, Andrea’s son Robert and daughter- in-law Alison, winning the Predator Free New Zealand Award.

Richard and Hannah Coop from Okepuha Station at Mahia, won the Beef and Lamb New Zealand Livestock Award, Hill Laboratories Agri-Science Award and the East Coast Farming for the Future Award (sponsored by the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council and the Gisborne District Council). The WaterForce Integrated Management Award was won by Steve Treseder, who manages a Waipukurau sheep and beef farm for Nisbett Taumata Estate Ltd.

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