The Ballance Farm Environment Awards are made possible by the generosity of our national sponsors. They sponsor award categories and provide valuable professional advice and feedback to award entrants through the judging process.
When Ballance began our support of the Ballance Farm Environment Awards way back in 1995, the internet was budding technology, consumers have little thought to the origins of food or fibre and resources like water were freely avilable on a first come, first served basis.
Twenty years on, anyone, anywhere can read news on farm practices in New Zealand, consumers can google the 'baa' code on merino clothing to see where the fibre was grown and the management of natural resources is increasingly regulated.
A groundbreaking idea to encourage and celebrate farmers following good environmental principles back in the 1990's has proved a trailblazer for sharing, showcasing and supporting sustainability. As a result, farmers can look to other farmers to see what is noth profitable and possible when it comes to the best environmental management of their operations. All of this has been made possible not just through sponsorships but through the dedication of judges and countless voilunteers who have made the Ballance Farm Environment Awards the gold standard.
The constant encouragement and education embedded in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards have enabled good farmers to become even better farmers, able to meet growth goals wthout compromising sustainability.
The examples set by regional and national winners have shown other farmers that it's possible to manage increasing regulatory requirements, while maintaining productivity - and that they can do it in a way which meetis consumers' growing interest in where food comes from and how it is produced. This has underpinned New Zealand's reputation as an exporter of high quality nutrition.
Maintaining and building our reputation has never been more important if we are to make the most of the massive opportunities for our agricultural exports in the big emerging economices of China, India, Indonesia and Brazil.
As a farmer cooperative, Ballance is working with our farmers to make this opportunity real. New Zealand is not creating more land, but the science behind our products and advice means we can lift the performance of our farms.
Our Ballance Farm Environment Awards winners are in the top 25% for productivity. Our goal is to bring the lower 25% up to the median and take the median up to the top 25% like all of our winners.
Twenty years ago, what we could offer farmers was markedly different to what it is today. Technology, science, sustainability are all in the toolbox enabling farmers to produce more with a lighter environmental footprint. We're very excited about the 20 years and ensuring farming's sustainability as an economic powerhouse for this great country.
Bayleys Real Estate
Bayleys Real Estate is proud to sponsor the Ballance Farm Environment Awards. Bayleys’ specialist Country division was formed in 1999, with salespeople on the ground from the far north to the deep south who can assist you in selling or acquiring rural real estate.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Beef + Lamb New Zealand is proud to sponsor the Livestock Award in the Ballance Farm Environment Awards recognising farming practices that support a long-term commitment to sustainability.
The essence of sustainability is finding a balance between, environmental, financial and social values and the Awards provide an opportunity to showcase the farmers who are working in this way.
Their stories inspire other farmers to think along the same lines and the Awards are an opportunity to showcase wider environmental and economic benefits for the New Zealand economy.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand works to provide the tools and information that highlight environmental issues and promote sustainability and so it is good to be involved in awards which share our goals.
The Beef + Lamb New Zealand Land and Environment Planning Toolkit is one such tool that helps farmers identify land and environmental issues on their farms. From there they can make a plan to ensure the land is managed sustainably, taking into account the specific spoil type, fertility, pasture types, susceptibility to erosion and management practices relevant to that particular farm.
DairyNZ is proud to support the Ballance Farm Environment Awards, specifically as a sponsor of the DairyNZ Sustainability and Stewardship Award. This award recognises innovative dairy farmers who demonstrate a strong commitment to managing, protecting and enhancing their environment.
DairyNZ supports and encourages on-farm change initiatives that are positive, long term and environmentally sustainable. Dairy farmers’ levy money is invested into a range of programmes guided by the wider sector sustainability strategy, including research and development, farmer and industry advocacy, and training initiatives.
Founded in 1984 by Dr Roger Hill and Anne Hill, Hill Laboratories has been committed to serving the analytical testing needs of the agricultural and horticultural industries in New Zealand for over three decades. Throughout that time, we have built extremely positive relationships with our customers, working to ensure the primary industry is at its most productive and progressive.
It has been wonderful to see the innovative and socially conscious efforts demonstrated throughout the farming industry in New Zealand through our involvement with the Ballance Farm Environment Awards. As a company, we are proud to have sponsored these awards since 2004 and are dedicated to continuing this support and promoting those efforts in the future.
Our award, the Hill Laboratories Harvest Award, recognises excellence in productive and resilient pasture and crop growing systems including Horticulture and Viticulture. Recipients of this award must demonstrate a good understanding of soil protection and pasture or crop husbandry, and an active weed and pest management plan.
Hill Laboratories is New Zealand’s largest private analytical testing laboratory, providing testing services for agriculture, environmental and food industries.
Norwood is a leading tractor and machinery distributor group, representing a portfolio of leading global brands. We are proud to support the Ballance Farm Environment Awards and to help celebrate those New Zealand farmers who are leading the charge in sustainable land management.
Like the brands we partner with, we are constantly considering how tractor and machinery technology can be applied to deliver more sustainable farming practices, including precision farming solutions such as low impact minimum tillage and advanced seeding, efficient grassland forage harvesting, low emission diesel engine technology and improved nutrition feeding approaches.
We have immense respect for the work and dedication it takes to operate a successful farm business and put our full support behind those farmers at the forefront of innovative business management practices. This is why we proudly put our name beside the Agri-Business Management Award.
NZ Landcare Trust
This is a new national award to showcase and celebrate the great work being done by rural communities to improve water quality in local rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands.
Rabobank New Zealand is part of the International Rabobank Group, the world’s leading food and agribusiness bank.
As a specialist lender to the food and agribusiness sector, Rabobank is focused on the long term viability and sustainability of New Zealand agriculture and that’s why we are proud to partner with the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust, an organisation that shares this focus.
The bank believes knowledge and understanding of environmental sustainability issues are the keys for both farmers and banks and, as such, is undertaking a range of initiatives to work with both our staff and clients in a range of ways to incorporate sustainability within long-term farm business planning. Chief amongst these initiatives is our partnership with the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust and support for the Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
Throughout the 2015 Ballance Farm Environment Awards, Rabobank staff from around the country have played a significant role on the committees and judging panels of both the Regional and National Awards.
This hands-on role provides our staff with a first-hand view of farming best practice and we are continually impressed by the passion of New Zealand’s farmers and their drive to improve their farming operations.
The bank was thrilled to see the awards expanded with the inclusion of the Auckland region for 2016 and we are sure farmers in this region will benefit from the ability to participate in these prestigious Awards.
We are delighted to partner with the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust and will be working with the Trust in the coming months to encourage our clients and other industry contacts to enter next year’s Awards.