The small block holder's guide to sheep farming: Sheep Heaven
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9:06 pm Friday 24 October: The Slees
Ashburton dairy farmers Mark and Devon Slee are the national winners of the 2014 Ballance Farm Environment Awards. They were chosen from the ten regional winners and it’s the first time a dairying operation has won the top national award.
The Slees, who employ 13 full-time workers, run a highly-profitable dairy business while ensuring excellent environmental management. They milk 2,500 cows on a milking platform of 624 hectares and have a particular focus on efficient use of water and effluent.
The property is fully irrigated and in areas where trees have been removed to accommodate the irrigation system, they’ve planted over 10,000 natives to create low shelter beneath the centre pivots.
The National Sustainability Showcase celebrates the contribution agriculture makes to the New Zealand economy and highlights farmers’ efforts to find better ways to manage the complex farming systems they work with.
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