Farm­ers wel­comed to Sth Waikato

Din­ner a time to min­gle, dance and swap tales

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By FLORENCE KERR

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.

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