Couple's commitment impresses judges

22:41, Apr 10 2013
Anita and Abe de Wolde
Anita and Abe de Wolde.

Southland dairy farmers Abe and Anita de Wolde were named the supreme winners of the 2013 Southland Ballance Farm Environment Awards in Invercargill last night.

Ballance Farm Environment Award judges said they were impressed and inspired by the couple's commitment to reducing their environmental footprint.

The couple live at Heddon Bush, near Winton, and own three dairy farms in the area with a major equity share in a fourth. They oversee the milking of about 2800 cows and have a production goal of 650kg/ms per cow and 2000kg/ ms per hectare.

The couple also took home the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Nutrient Management Award, PGG Wrightson Land and Life Award, Massey University Discovery Award, LIC Dairy Farm Award and the Meridian Energy Excellence Award.

Judges said the de Woldes were at the forefront of challenging the status quo through research and trialling innovative technologies.

A field day will be held at the de Woldes' farm from 10am on April 30 at Bayswater Rd, South Hillend.

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Award recipients

Supreme Award, Ballance Agri-Nutrients Nutrient Management Award, PGG Wrightson Land and Life Award, Massey University Discovery Award, LIC Dairy Farm Award and the Meridian Energy Excellence Award: Abe and Anita de Wolde.

WaterForce Integrated Management Award, Donaghys Farm Stewardship Award: Chris and Lynsey Stratford.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Livestock Award: Dan and Brett Frew.

Hill Laboratories Harvest Award, Alliance Quality Livestock Award: Paul and Tracey Ruddenklau. terri.russell@stl.co.nz

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