LOV­ING THE LAND

Judges praise win­ners’ great team­work

Bush Telegraph - - Front Page - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Hav­ing a ro­bust busi­ness plan which is a liv­ing doc­u­ment, great team­work and the pre­pared­ness to seek ad­vice were three key fac­tors in Si­mon and Elle Joblin of Green­hill Sta­tion win­ning the 2018 Tararua Sheep and Beef Busi­ness of the Year, ac­cord­ing to speak­ers at the sta­tion wool­shed on Fri­day, April 27.

They were talk­ing to a crowd of 150 farm­ers and in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives at the end of a six-hour farm tour of Green­hill Sta­tion dur­ing which the op­er­a­tion of the busi­ness was ex­plained in de­tail by Si­mon and Elle.

Speak­ing for Bak­erAg, a spon­sor and fa­cil­i­ta­tor for the day, Chris Gar­land said there “was no more pos­i­tive and ef­fec­tive learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the farm­ing cal­en­dar” than a field day like this.

The im­por­tance of set­ting up a busi­ness plan and im­ple­ment­ing it was high­lighted as a vi­tal strat­egy which in ad­di­tion to help­ing achieve goals, also at­tracts peo­ple and fi­nance.

Si­mon and Elle were de­scribed as a great team which “com­bined dif­fer­ent strengths to move in the same di­rec­tion”.

Their ex­cel­lent re­la­tion­ship with eq­uity part­ners Char­lie and Karla Matthews was also com­mended and seen as a great as­set.

“Si­mon and Elle had proved them­selves ev­ery step of the way and had de­vel­oped huge trust in the eq­uity re­la­tion­ship,” said Chris.

ANZ rep­re­sen­ta­tive and one of the judges, Sean Stafford, said the cou­ple had en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion sev­eral years be­fore and he was “blown away by the progress they had made since then”.

He said re­peat­able profitabil­ity was crit­i­cal in an eq­uity part­ner­ship and Green­hill Sta­tion was per­form­ing way above the av­er­age. He said Green­hill’s ex­am­ple proved “sheep and beef op­er­a­tions can re­turn a profit”.

He con­cluded say­ing Green­hill was “one of the more im­pres­sive busi­nesses he had judged in his six years”.

In re­ply the cou­ple thanked the ANZ or­gan­is­ers for res­ur­rect­ing the com­pe­ti­tion six years ago, thank­ing the spon­sors for their sup­port and all the peo­ple who had helped them along the way. As to ad­vice for those start­ing out in the in­dus­try, Si­mon said to just go out and im­prove your­self, en­sur­ing peo­ple see what you are ca­pa­ble of and Elle ad­vised “never say never”.

A trail of four-wheeled ve­hi­cles re­turns from the tour.

SI­MON and Elle Joblin in their Green­hill Sta­tion wool­shed hold the tro­phy recog­nis­ing them as win­ners of the 2018 Tararua Sheep and Beef Farm Busi­ness of the Year, pre­sented by Stu­art Cowan, a di­rec­tor of chief spon­sor Ru­ral Aerial Co-op Ltd.

THE four­wheel­ers as­sem­ble for the tour.

SOME of the 130 strong farm­ing crowd at­tend­ing the Green­hill Sta­tion Field Day at the con­clu­sion of the farm tour.

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