Gypsy Day marks homecoming for Waikato farmer

17:00, May 30 2014
Gray Baldwin
GETTING READY: Gray Baldwin is looking forward to his son Joel and his family and cows arriving on his farm tomorrow.

Watch out on rural Waikato roads this weekend.

It's likely to be busy as farmers pack up their troubles and head to pastures new for the start of the next dairy season.

It culminates tomorrow with what has become known as Gypsy Day - the day when contracts are up and farms change hands.

Many have spent this week packing boxes and cleaning their ovens preparing for moving day, when they will march their stock down the road only to pick up where they left off.

Among them is Ruakura herd manager Joel Baldwin who is heading home to Putaruru.

Baldwin, 24, will start sharemilking on his father Gray's farm.


"We own some stock that is grazing in Taranaki, and they're being moved up to Putaruru. The rest of the herd is in Gisborne, so basically we have multiple groups of stock from around the North Island arriving in the next few days," Baldwin said.

He added that while he had been lucky enough to be moving into a secure sharemilking position, Gypsy Day was a hectic time for all involved.

"It's like, in one day, you have to move and clean and get everything set up to start work the next day."

The farm has been in the family for multiple generations, and Baldwin said he was looking forward to returning home with his own family - wife Joanna and their 4-month-old son Peyton.

"My wife's been packing all week but it's hard with a baby. He's our main priority so everything else has to come second," said Baldwin."

Erin Majurey is a Wintec journalism student.

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