Farmers welcomed to Sth Waikato
Dinner a time to mingle, dance and swap tales
More than 150 new and old farmers gathered for the annual Federated Farmers organised welcome to the district dinner last week.
Federated Farmers Tokoroa Branch Manager Mary-Ann Mathis was impressed by the turn out.
‘‘It is a great night, where local farmers get to meet the new farmers coming into the area.’’
Mrs Mathis was talking about the recent ‘‘Gypsy day‘‘ where on June 1 some stock and farmers shift to new locations. One farmer who made the very short move from Putaruru to Tokoroa has no plans for a move in the future.
‘‘I have just bought one of the Carter Holt Harvey farms with Caroline, so this is home now.’’
South Waikato News asked Mr Hilhorst if Caroline was his wife.
Mr Hilhorst laughed, ‘‘No, she is my bank manager.’’
Mr Hilhorst said the Federated Farmers evenings were popular with the region’s farmers and were also a good way to relax and have a cold one with his employees.
Mr Hilhorst’s employees Simon Davis, Elvin Gounder and Mr Hilhorst’s son Paul, were enjoying a good laugh.
Mr Davis, originally from Morrinsville, has lived in Tokoroa for five years with his wife and five children.
‘‘This town is good, my family all live here now so that’s a bonus.’’
The Feek farmers from Ruatoki are exhausted after their move to Tokoroa.
‘‘I tell you this is the last gypsy day we ever do again,’’ Francis Feek said after explaining the stresses of moving house.
Husband David agreed and doesn’t mind staying around for a while.
The couple are sharemilking on a South Waikato farm.
Farming for 35 years, Mr Feek says his wife was a late starter to the profession.
‘‘She has only been farming for 31 years. She started when we got hitched,’’ he said.
Farmers from around the district were treated to a meal, drinks and a dance.
Mrs Mathis said the night was a great way for farmers to mingle and network.
FEEK FARMING: New to the South Waikato are sharemilkers David and Francis Feek.
WELCOME HOME: Tokoroa Farmer Gerald Hilhorst, with his son Paul, sharemilkers Mr and Mrs Davis and Elvin Gounder.