Blair Linton, Linda Ellison and Robert Linton of Te Ranga Farms


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2024 Bay of Plenty Regional Supreme Winners: Blair Linton, Linda Ellison and Robert Linton of Te Ranga Farms – Beef

The family behind Te Ranga Farms is focused on optimising the farming system, while protecting and enhancing its natural beauty and freshwater. 
The 296ha (176ha effective) farm has been in the Linton family since 1973. Since the early 1980s, it has been owned and managed by Robert Linton and Linda Ellison. Since 2022, their son Blair Linton has leased the property, continuing the same farming system.  
The team is currently rearing just over 500 Friesian bull calves on the Te Puke property. They farm 480 of the bulls for one winter and sell the surplus as weaners. 
The judges were impressed with the farming system which has been optimised over time to match land use and class. Animal numbers and stock type are carefully managed to match the pasture growth curve. 
Decisions are driven by data from a wide range of sources, ensuring the family has a complete picture of the farm. Supporting this is a strict adherence to clear, measurable key performance indicators around such things as calf weight and feeding plans.  
As well as having long-term knowledge of Te Ranga Farms, the family stays up to date with latest agricultural policies which further inform their decision-making. 
When it comes to the environment, protecting freshwater is a high priority. The family’s approach aligns with that of the wider catchment – reflecting their active involvement in the Paraiti catchment group. The farm’s critical water source areas are being actively identified and managed. 
The property’s biodiversity has been enhanced by retiring and protecting a total of 115ha.  
As fourth-generation farmers, Linda, Robert and Blair are committed to both the farm and its surrounding community. Their hope is to continue their family’s positive contribution to the area by sustainably managing Te Ranga Farms into the future.

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