7 April 2010
Shared values that span generations and an established set of priorities are clear drivers in the Brown partnership.
Dairying together on their 320ha Matamata family farm, brothers Wynn and Tony Brown have a clear picture of the crucial role the health of their soil plays to their business. “Our soil is our most valuable asset,” says Wynn. “We prioritise soil, pasture then stock, we aim to get things right in that order.”
The Browns also agree on fundamentals, like the latitude of meaning to the term ‘sustainability’. “Sustainability is a pretty broad sort of a word,” says Tony, “it’s not just about the environment and the stock, it’s the people too – you’ve got to have a life as well.” The award judges noted of the partnership: “This farm is a real family affair and it is a credit to you the way you have put the business of farming in order.”