Mul­ti­ple awards for Te Poi farm­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By MERE­ANA AUSTIN

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

lot

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.

the

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-

pas­ture

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.

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