First-time Ohaupo en­trants achieve top-six goal

South Waikato News - - WAIKATO DAIRY AWARDS 2013 -

By JEREMY SMITH Their mantra is “do it once and do it well” and it paid off for Ohaupo’s An­drew and Michelle McPher­son.

The first-time en­trants in the Dairy In­dus­try Awards are fi­nal­ists in the Waikato Sharemilker/Eq­uity Farmer of the Year cat­e­gory.

They are in their third sea­son on their 137 ef­fec­tive hectare farm and Mrs McPher­son says they felt the tim­ing was right to en­ter the awards.

“We’ve had a lot of peo­ple say to us in the past, you should en­ter, but we wanted to do it once and do it well. We felt now was the right time.”

The McPher­sons set them­selves a goal of mak­ing the top six – an as­pi­ra­tion they have achieved.

“I have ac­tu­ally really en­joyed the op­por­tu­nity that the com­pe­ti­tion has given us,” Mrs McPher­son says.

She looks af­ter the “fi­nan­cials” of the farm and helps with calv­ing, and has en­joyed learn­ing more about other as­pects of their farm­ing op­er­a­tion.

“An­drew and I both have our dis­tinct roles on farm and per­son­ally I feel it has given me a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of other as­pects of the busi­ness.”

The McPher­sons have three chil­dren and their jour­ney and rise in farm­ing has been rapid.

They re­turned from time in Lon­don in 2001 with sav­ings, which en­abled them to be sharemilk­ing within two years.

It is now the cou­ple’s ninth sea­son farm­ing and it’s an in­dus­try they love. “We have been mo­ti­vated by the eq­uity growth we have seen in our op­er­a­tion.”

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