For innovation in dairy farming to effectively improve dairy farming practices for the future, there must be collaboration between the private and public sectors to achieve this.
Experience, says John Scandrett with dry humour, is what you get just after you really need it.
Leading the country, a Southland dairy farm is turning methane gas from its effluent pond into electricity
Southland farmers are major environmental winners, taking home the big prize of the night at awards honouring community efforts.
A farm near Isla Bank has become the first in Southland to generate onsite electricity and reliable power from the methane stored in the farm’s effluent point.
Environmentally sustainable farming is just the smart way to do things.
Wayne likes to push himself outside his comfort zone and was thrilled to win the 2016 Southland-Otago Dairy Manager of the Year Award in Gore recently.
Isla Bank manger Wayne Ashmore, became the 2016 Southland-Otago Dairy Manager of the Year.
Five finalists have been selected for Dairy Manager of the Year including Fortuna Group managers Wayne Ashmore and Dante Calamayan
The Jayvor Dairies property near Edendale is a part of the Fortuna Group of farms and was recently converted to dairy. Jayvor Daires was awarded a highly commended in the Farming category at the 2015 Southland Environment Awards.
Michael Pelesco, who comes from the Philippines, is in his eighth year of farming in New Zealand.
In that time he has progressed from being a farm-hand to a fully-fledged manager, something he says would not have been possible without the support of those he has worked alongside at the Fortuna Group farm.
Intensive farming is being placed under increasing scrutiny due to the clear links between it and New Zealand’s declining water quality. So it is pleasing to be able to highlight a successful farming operation that is ahead of the game in deliberately incorporating habitat protection within its business plan.
This approach is nothing new to the Southland-based farming company Fortuna group.