Castlepoint Stn Wairarapa Farm of Year

Castlepoint Station has Keinzley AgVet Wairarapa Farm Business of the Year.

This is a deserved tribute to Anders and Emily Crofoot who bought the station 14 years ago after immigrating from New York State.

Castelpoint is on the Wairarapa coast, east of Masterton.

Baker and Associates’ weekly AgLetter reports:

The station comprises 2790 ha effective and carries approximately 21,500 su made up of 14,000 ewes and replacements and 330 calving cattle and replacements. . .

The farm manager is Stu Neal, who heads up a team comprising three shepherds and a general hand.

The judges have listed some key features of this business: –

1. A shining example of industry best practice around farm management, governance, HR and health & safety, animal health

protocols and implementation.

2. Strong community and industry contribution.

3. Implementation of R&D on-farm, well aligned to current science.

4. Reaping the rewards of “front-end” development work carried out in early tenure.

5. A challenging coastal environment with high wind run and frequent drought.

6. Strong history of feed budgeting and monitoring.

7. Environmentally conscious and responsible.

8. Strong contribution made to the property by the manager.

A field day will be held on the property on Tuesday 3rd of April.

Emily and Anders are not only top farmers, they are very active in their community and agri-politics.

Is it too much to hope those advocating a blanket-ban on foreign ownerhsip of farmland could learn from this?

The Crofoots provide a wonderful example of the benefits immigrants can bring to New Zealand and provide very strong evidence for the case in support of some foreign ownership of farmland.

6 Responses to Castlepoint Stn Wairarapa Farm of Year

  1. adamsmith1922 says:

    Very well said Ele, but too many are blinkered in this area


  2. robertguyton says:

    Anders and Emily live on site, right?
    They aren’t merely wealthy absentee-owners, living off-shore, representative of their Government and its expansive, acquisitive drive to secure productive farmland where ever it can, are they?
    Good on them for their achievements.


  3. homepaddock says:

    Yes, Emily and Anders do live on the farm. But some of the opposition to foreign ownership is blanket which would preclude people like this.

    However, I am not opposed to foreign ownership per se anyway.

    I know of farms owned by foriegn owners who don’t live here but they are well run, the owners spend large amounts on improvements and employ locals.


  4. robertguyton says:

    I think most people see the difference between immigrants owning farms and absentee owners who secured their land by dint of their great wealth and able to do whatever they wish with their little piece of paradise in NZ. Why, they could mine it, if they took a fancy to!


  5. homepaddock says:

    Unfortunately too many people don’t see that good farming isn’t confined to local owners.

    Ownership doesn’t usually include mining rights.


  6. robertguyton says:

    True, it was a weak point. I’ll unsay it.


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