Staff create ‘immaculate’ farm

by Kent Caddick

A Hororata dairy farm manager is praising his staff after taking out a major award at the Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Paul Clement from Delaborin Dairies at Hororata took out the Waterforce Integrated Management Award at the recent awards evening. 

The awards recognise good farm practices which promote sustainable land management.

The 370ha Hororata farm Paul Clement works on is one of 13, milking approximately 13,000 cows on the Canterbury Plains, owned by Theland Purata Farm Group, formerly Synlait Farms.

Mr Clement, who heads a team of five, said managing people is a skill he’s had to learn. “People are the most important part of any business. You could have the best cows, land and technology but that doesn’t count for much without a top team.”

The award judges said the award winning Hororata property was a ‘large scale dairy farm that has clear production and management targets.

‘The farm is immaculate and nothing is left to chance, with fool-proof systems in place. Extensive native plantings in unproductive areas will, in time, add aesthetic value’.

Mr Clement came to the farm when it had a 460 cow herd in 2012 and it now has a peak milking of 1,200.

He and his wife Abby, a local GP, had their first child, daughter Maize, in January this year.

A North Canterbury sheep, beef and deer operation owned by the Douglas-Clifford family took out the Supreme Award at the Canterbury Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

The Douglas-Cliffords also won the region’s Hill Laboratories Harvest Award, Massey University Innovation Award and the Farm Stewardship Award in partnership with QEII National Trust and New Zealand Farm Environment Trust.

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