|125th Anniversary Medal - Farmer Hosts|
Over the last 25 years some 600 farmers have acted as case study and personal farm study hosts to students in agriculture, horticulture and forestry. They have given generously of their time, production and financial information and most importantly shared their philosophies, motivations, successes and failures with our students. Whilst the majority are from the Canterbury region a significant number have hosted our field tour groups in most other parts of New Zealand. The recipients have given decades of voluntary service to this University, in some cases into the second generation and in many cases it has been a whole family involvement Some are alumni, others are not, but those selected are all being honored for their personal contributions, and also as representatives of their fellow contributors.
The recipients are:
Te Pirita sheepfarmer, a living example of the successful application of simple technology in an uncompromising environment. As his accountant remarked "we doubt whether there would be any other dryland farmers to match your returns, and if there are, they would all fit on one motorbike."
"Nor Wester", lateral thinking farmer, student provocateur, thought provoking journalist and eloquent champion of agriculture and Lincoln University.
Levin, every year since 1992 two separate groups of Lincoln students have visited John's intensive vegetable production enterprise. He has never failed to stimulate the students with his boyish enthusiasm, explaining everything from field husbandry to marketing.
Ellesmere mixed arable farmer and one of the original field test farmers who challenged a generation of Dip VFM students.
Hororata crop and livestock farmer and long serving Diploma farm tutor. Recognised by students as a very helpful tutor prepared to commit time and effort to their personal development.
Weka Pass livestock farmer and long serving Diploma farm tutor. Excellent with students and recognised by them as a top manager of a difficult, dry hill country farm.
Brookside dairy farmer host, a tradition now carried on by his son Michael. A strong supporter of the University particularly when President of Canterbury Federated Farmers.
Central Otago viticulturist and winegrape industry consultant. After a horticultural career in South Africa and the North Island of New Zealand, he moved to Bannockburn to become one of the pioneers of the Central Otago wine industry. An informative and entertaining guest lecturer and always willing to share his expertise and humour with student groups and individuals alike.
West Otago second generation cropping farm host who in partnership with his brother John continues to demonstrate that there is a place for arable farming in the south.
Gummies Bush, the high performance sheepfarmer who loves lambing, very hospitable host of tour groups, winner of the Foundation Farmer of the Year Award in 1995 for lamb production, also father of four alumni.
Marlborough horticulturist - an early adopter and developer of innovative production and management systems for high value greenhouse tomato and cherry crops. His technical and marketing knowledge have inspired many years of horticulture students and made him a 'must see' on any study tour of Marlborough.
Hurunui hill country farmer, producer of fibre (meat, wool and timber), creator of his 1998 Farmer of the Year award winning farm from scratch. Excellent communicator with students regardless of whether agricultural, forestry, environmental or American. Past Chairman of Lincoln University Farmers Committee. An excellent example of a strong family partnership involving wife Isla, herself a Kellogg Scholar, and sons Jamie and Scott, both alumni.
Methven second generation cropping farmer host, continuing a long family association with field tests and more recently personal farm study students.
Manawatu cropping farmer who grows some of the best maincrop potatoes in New Zealand and has hosted Lincoln students on his farm for many years. His quiet unassuming manner belies the meticulous attention to detail he applies to his cropping enterprise and the way he explains this to students.
Carew bull beef farmer. From small beginnings David and Robyn have used careful stock husbandry and astute financial management to build a successful commercial operation which has been an important case study for students.
Tinui hill country farmer and second generation tour host. Through years of sheer hard work, frugal spending and family co-operation the Pottingers now run one of the most developed hill country properties in the Wairarapa . Not only has Andrew been a key player in that process but he has always given generously of his time in explaining the techniques and trauma involved in developing North island hill country. His father Jim is a doyen of the Farm Forestry Association, but wife Tinks has the highest public profile.
Amberley livestock farmer, a second generation host who has been a special role model and mentor for female students, both as a farmer and as an enterprising marketer of her own Texel lambs.
Barrys Bay sheep, beef and deer farmer. This case study farm has highlighted for students the rewards from applying hard work and enthusiasm to farm development in a leasehold context. The students have always appreciated the completely open and honest answers given to all their questions by Mark and Biddi.
Island Hills, Culverden, a second generation high country farmer host whose production and financial records have been an important data source for a number of masters theses and annual class visits.
Blackmount, outstanding example of intensive grass land management of developed Southland tussock country. Innovative thinker and early adopter of new technology and geographic diversification. His well-known son Richard now following in his footsteps.
Peter Smale and Pam Smale
Motueka horticultural consultant and plant nursery manager respectively. As a MAF horticultural scientist, Peter was a leader in new crop development following industry restructuring in the 19805. Latterly, he has been a prominent consultant to the Nelson horticulture industry and with Pam, has developed a plant nursery business. Their extensive industry, technical and marketing knowledge has enhanced the learning of decades of visiting students. Bruce Tweedy Lincoln Canterbury, orchardist. Being the horticultural business closest to the University might be seen by some as a liability. Despite frequent perhaps excessive - requests for information and student visits by both horticultural and agricultural groups, he has always responded with openness, clarity and good humour. Appreciated by staff and students alike.
Dunsandel sheep farmer -almost an endangered species in his district today. An early devotee of lamb finishing and cattle agistment contracts and an early adopter of the use of new species to drought proof his farm. An excellent communicator to a wide range of students, hosting multiple visits every year.
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