Run by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust, the awards champion sustainable farming and growing. The Taranaki Ballance Farm Environment Awards were announced at a function on 6 July.
David’s great grandfather George Turner bought The Grange in 1880, cleared the land and established it as a successful farm that is now being managed by the family’s fourth generation.
Half of the business is heifer grazing on a weight-gain payment system, with the balance split between sheep and beef. Several sustainability initiatives are underway, including the management of plant and pasture, animal health, and native planting.
There are strong focuses on soil management, minimising waste, staff welfare, and enhanced biosecurity and biodiversity.
The judges said The Grange was an immaculately presented farm, with the Turners striving to enhance sustainability for the benefit of future generations. They were highly motivated and farming at an exceptionally high standard on behalf of the family trust.
“They have a strong focus on improving the inter-generational asset. And, by using labour, they’re striking a great balance between work, life and community.”
The Turners also won the Ballance Agri-Nutrients Soil Management, Beef + Lamb New Zealand Livestock Farm and Taranaki Regional Council Sustainability awards.
A Field Day will be held at The Grange in Spring.
OTHER TARANAKI BALLANCE FARM ENVIRONMENT AWARD WINNERS 2022
- Bayleys People in Primary Sector Award: Rachael and Kenneth Short, Shortland Farm
- DairyNZ Sustainability and Stewardship Award: Rachael and Kenneth Short, Shortland Farm
- Hill Laboratories Agri-Science Award: Jono and Amy Ardern, Auroa
- Massey University Innovation Award: Jono and Amy Ardern, Auroa
- Norwood Agri-Business Management Award: Kieran and Olivia Clough, Wilaily
- WaterForce Wise with Water Award: Rachael and Kenneth Short, Shortland Farm