15 April 2015
Te Anau sheep and dairy farmers Robert and Anna Kempthorne run Mavora Farms Ltd, a successful self-contained dairy and sheep operation spread over 613ha in the Te Anau Basin. In partnership with Robert’s parents Bruce and Linda, the Kempthornes converted the family drystock farm and a neighbouring property in 2007, creating the first dairy farm in the district .The dairy operation now milks 550 cows on 235ha of mainly river-terrace contour, with the crossbred herd producing 231,000kgMS last year.
The balance of the farm winters 3300 stock units, including 1550 Romney ewes. It also runs Jersey bulls which are reared for sale or lease.