23 Mar 2010

King Country couple win environment award

6:39 am on 23 March 2010

A King Country couple are the supreme winners of this year's Farm Environment Awards for the Manawatu-Wanganui region.

Ken and Sue Ballantyne farm a 550-hectare sheep and beef property near Aria, north-west of Taumarunui.

The judges were struck by the Ballantynes' passion for their farm and also noted the excellent condition of stock and pasture, good farm infrastructure and the significant improvements made to soil fertility.

They have also fenced off waterways and gullies and planted more than 8000 trees, since buying the farm 14 years ago.