Looking back on the year that was

IN CONVOY: Puketoro Station hosted 160 riders when Poverty Bay Hunt Club’s horse trek toured the property early last year. File pictures
WINNING DUO: The dog trial scene produced some good performers, among them Anthony Hughes and Bully, who won the maiden zig-zag and straight hunts at Waipaoa in March.
GETTING STUCK IN: The work done by the Taskforce Green team after the June flood was outstanding. Key to their success was the commitment of the workers and involvement of Patrick Willock (centre).
CHAMPION: The Spring Show was a boomer, despite the lack of cattle. The Newmans won the Ovation chilled lamb competition. Hard-working show president Norm Thomas and Will Faulks dished out the prize to station manager Neil Ingram.
JUST REWARD: Despite being hard hit by the June storms, Mel and Nicky Story and their family from Tauwhareparae finished off the year in style with a $2000 top price at the combined ram sale at the end of November. Just goes to show you cannot keep good farmers down, and deservedly Christmas came early for them.

It was a big year for the farming sector in 2018. Some of the highlights are captured here.

It was a big year for the farming sector in 2018. Some of the highlights are captured here.

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