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.
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.