14 Apr 2011

Southland farm environment award announced

1:21 pm on 14 April 2011

Waimea Valley farmers Grant and Bernie Weller have won the top prize in the Southland region's Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

The Wellers farm 890 hectares between Balfour and Riversdale, running about 6000 stock units comprising a mixture of Texel sheep and Hereford-Angus cattle.

Judges were impressed with the strong family involvement in farming operation, and the couple's aim of looking after the natural habitat while operating a profitable and productive business.