Ecological protection goes hand in hand with farming at Oashore Station, an isolated 550 hectare coastal property on Banks Peninsula. The steep, rugged land leads down to three isolated bays that were used as whaling stations in the 19th century. Nowadays the bays are home to a penguin protection programme and the gullies between the bays are where Oashore farm manager Kate Whyte does predator control work to protect the last remaining pockets of podocarp forest.
Also this week: Holmes Warren is described as “the father of the modern Romney”, the breed which is the base of the New Zealand flock. In the 1960s when others bred for wool, Holmes was breeding for twinning and easy care lambing. He was a shrewd observer of stock and a man ahead of his time. In 1970, Homes started the Wairarapa Romney Improvement group. He has just been awarded the 2015 New Zealand Sheep Industry Lifetime Achievement Award with the judges acknowledging the strong influence his work still has on today’s national flock.
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