Multiple awards for Te Poi farmers
Richard and Pauline Kean and Phillip and Kim Dykzeul of Jetstream Farm, Milky Way Farms Ltd in Te Poi have been acknowledged at the Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
The 83ha dairy farm owned by the Keans won the LIC Dairy Farm Award, the Hill Laboratories Harvest Award and the Waikato Regional Council Water Protection Award.
The Dykzeuls are in their second season of sharemilking the 200 cows on the farm but had been dairying four years before they were offered the position.
‘‘They gave us a chance and we really respect that,’’ said the Dykzeuls.
‘‘We couldn’t get better partners than Richard and Pauline.’’
The Balance Farm Environment Awards judges commended the partnership between the Keans and Dykzeuls, writing that it was an excellent example of sharemilker owner working relationship.
The Dykzeuls had careers in environmental land management and accountancy prior to farming.
The Dykzeuls said the Keans wanted sharemilkers who enjoy farming here.
‘‘And we certainly do, we love it,’’ they said.
In December, milking was reduced to once a day but their milk production does not drop.
Phil has recently put five beehives on the farm.
‘‘Pauline has planted a
of natives here that are food for the bees and the birds,’’ he said.
Phil also noted the health of the water on the property is evident by the presence of native freshwater species like freshwater mussels and koura.
The Dykzeuls recognise the Keans have done a lot of hard work planting and riparian pro- tection, and made investment.
‘‘So we have to do our bit by making environmental care part of our day to day management,’’ they said.
The award judges endorsed this approach writing: ‘‘Phil and Kim are really passionate about the property and doing a great job.
capital They are driven and supported by Pauline and ard.’’
Direct drilling is used for the regrassing programme and chicory is successfully being utilised as a summer crop for about 10 per cent of the farm.
A mob of 25 beef cattle also follow the dairy cows to assist with well Rich-
quality on maintaining the hills.
The Keans graze Phil and Kim’s young stock on their Mamaku property and help on the farm with spraying, tree management and capital projects.
The Keans do not live on the farm and Richard has spent much of his working life overseas as an aircraft engineer but they have a strong commitment to the farm.
The Dykzeuls have two daughters, Summer, 8, and Molly, 6, Kim works part- time in accountancy.
Hard work pays off: Pauline and Richard Kean and Kim and Phillip Dykzeul won three awards at the Ballance Farm Environment Awards.