14 Apr 2011

Wairarapa dairy farmers win top environment award

8:20 am on 14 April 2011

A Wairarapa dairy farming couple has won a prestigious environmental award for their farming practices.

Ray and Lyn Craig, who farm more than 260 hectares at Carterton, won the supreme Greater Wellington Ballance Farm Environment award.

They milk 500 cows once a day through two separate farm dairies.

The judges praised the farmers' riverside planting programme, saying it was among the best achieved on a dairy farm in New Zealand.

They also said the couple had made above-average improvements to the farmland, including a major fencing and planting programme and the retirement of wetland areas.