13 May 2020
Striking a balance between productivity and environmental stewardship has earned Riverton’s Geordie & Frances Eade the top spot at Southland’s Ballance Farm Environment Awards, run by the New Zealand Farm Environment Trust.
The awards champion sustainable farming and growing through a programme which sees one Regional Supreme Winner selected from each of the 11 regions involved. As a Regional Supreme Winner, the Eades are now in the running for the Gordon Stephenson Trophy, with the winner of this national award to be announced at a later date.
Big picture thinking that balances business risk with sustainability is guiding the development of this Riverton sheep and beef, breeding and finishing farm. The result is sustainable productivity, achieved with a highly organised operation that puts family life first.
The natural beauty of Granity Downs is being carefully nurtured, including the protection of large blocks of native vegetation. The judges said the Eades demonstrated environmental leadership in the community by learning and showcasing good practices via their local catchment group.
“There’s excellent use of monitoring and management to achieve high-yielding crops and pasture. The stock performance is outstanding, resulting in top financial performance.”
The strong focus on stock and plant health at this high-output farm are supported by a Farm Focus Plan and Farm Environment Plan. Between eight and 10 soil tests are carried out every year, guiding careful fertiliser management.
Read more about the Eades and Granity Downs.
As well as receiving this year’s Supreme Regional Award, they also received the: