25 Jun 2012

Otago farmers win farm environment award

6:27 am on 25 June 2012

An Otago farming couple Blair and Jane Smith are the national winners of this year's Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

The Smiths were chosen from nine regional winners of the awards.

They run Newhaven Farms, a North Otago sheep, beef, forestry and dairy support operation that spans three family-owned properties totalling more than 1500 hectares.

They received the Gordon Stephenson Trophy, named after the farmer who started the farm environment awards.

Farm Environment Trust chairman Jim Cotman said Blair and Jane Smith were chosen from an outstanding group of regional winners who had clearly proved they have what it takes to be profitable and sustainable guardians of natural resources.