Ahuwhenua Trophy 2017 Finalist Field Day

Puketawa Station Thursday, 27 April 2017 8.45am: RA & JG King Partnership, 185 Puketawa Road, Tiraumea, Tararua By farmers. For farmers

Join us for the second of three Ahuwhenua Trophy Sheep and Beef field days for 2017.

Proudly supported by B+LNZ, the 2017 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award highlights excellence among Māori sheep and beef farmers and demonstrates international best practice in environmentally and economically sustainable agribusiness.

Powhiri (welcome ceremony)

Please note that the field day will commence with a Powhiri starting at 9am. So please gather at 8.45am ready to come in.

What to bring

Please bring quads and side-by-side vehicles.

2017 Ahuwhenua Trophy finalists

The three finalists for the 2017 Ahuwhenua Trophy BNZ Māori Excellence in Farming Award are all from the North Island. They are:

  • Omapere Rangihamama Trust (Kaikohe)
  • RA & JG King Partnership, Puketawa Station (Eketahuna)
  • Pukepoto Farm Trust (Ongarue near Taumarunui).

Following the announcement of the finalists at parliament, field days will take place at each of the farms.

The field days will be held on farm and include presentations of the overall business and in-the-field discussions about current on-farm management of the respective properties followed by lunch.

The winner of the Award will be announced at a function in Whangarei on Friday 26 May.

RA & JG King Partnership, Puketawa Station

Puketawa Station is a sheep and beef breeding unit located at Tiraumea about 45 minutes east of Pahiatua in the northern Wairarapa.

The property consists of 1108ha (900 effective) and is mainly medium to steep hill country with some rolling contours. Breeding stock on the farm comprise 3177 Romney breeding ewes plus 850 ewe replacements and 148 stud ewes. The cattle side comprises 144 mixed mainly Hereford cows plus replacements.

The couple continue to develop and upgrade Puketawa Station and have a development plan that includes spraying gorse, planting trees and retiring areas of land to mitigate erosion. They also involved in riparian planting and generally improving the farm and preserving the environment.

Ronald and Justine take their role as kaitiaki seriously and seek to preserve the environment for their children and future generations.

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Find out more

Email Mark Harris (B+LNZ): mark.harris@beeflambnz.com