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  • Husqvarna South Island Farm Foresters of the Year 2017 - Mark and Marjorie Hay
    May 2017
    Mark and Marjorie Hay and their son Isaac farm near Lawrence in South Otago. Their property, Glenayr, covers 893 hectares and is situated on the highest part of the surrounding countryside.…
  • Landcare Trust Award for Innovation in Sustainable Farm Forestry 2016 - David and Helen Vollweiler
    May 2016
    For David and Helen Vollweiler, running their 860 hectare property in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner has long been a key component of their management practice. In 2009 they…
  • Husqvarna South Island Farm Foresters of the Year 2015 - Graham and Pam Hunter
    Neil Cullen, May 2015
    When Graham and Pam Hunter took over their 484 hectare farm in 1997 it had 30 paddocks and the only exotic trees on the property were the old orchards and…
  • Developing a wood energy industry in Central Otago
    Rhys Millar, August 2014
    Wood energy for heating has been around for a long time and most New Zealanders will be familiar with drying and storing wood for winter, preparing and starting the fire,…
  • Bell Vue with Steve Robertson
    Doug Lane, February 2013
    This is one of the field day reports from the 2012 Balclutha conference. Alighting from the bus on the edge of Lawrence township we were reminded of the gold-mining history…
  • The gilded lily of Tuapeka West
    Dennys Guild, August 2012
    The road to Mark and Marjorie Hay’s farm, called Glenayr Farm, is very inappropriately called Athenaeum Road. Athenaeum is one of those odd words borrowed from the Romans by the…
  • Verterburn Station
    James Barton, August 2012
    On Friday 13 April four busloads of attendees of the conference visited Verterburn Station, where they were hosted by Robert, Jill and Andrew Reid. Located about 25 km west of…
  • Singing the Cullen song
    Nick Ledgard, August 2012
    While returning to Telford in the bus after a dinner during the recent conference in Balclutha, we sang songs and told jokes. With due respect to the fine voices of…
  • Conference visit to Chardale
    Chester Holmes, August 2012
    Chardale is a gem of a property at Hillend just north of Balclutha – and the South Pole. Owned by Allan Roulston, it has been in the family since 1919,…
  • Husqvarna South Island Farm Foresters of the Year 2012 - Dennis and Margaret Larsen
    Author not published, May 2012
    Farm foresters have a keen interest and love of trees, but plant them for various reasons. Many have small blocks of diverse species, which provide great environmental and amenity value…
  • Husqvarna South Island Farm Foresters of the Year 2011 - Neil and Pam Cullen
    Ian Jackson, May 2011
    New Zealand has numerous isolated valleys which are farmed to varying degrees, and have tremendous potential for forest development. One such valley is the Glenomaru Valley in South Otago, 25…
  • Nothing fancy, nothing wasted
    Neil Cullen, February 2011
    Ron and Carol Alderton, along with sons Bruce and David and his partner Paula, were the Supreme winners of the Ballance Environment Awards for Otago for 2010. The family were…
  • Calder Stewart Industries forestry
    Bruce Stewart, February 2011
    The forestry division of construction and development company Calder Stewart Industries is the largest private forest owner in the Otago region. As company co-founder I was keenly interested in farm…
  • Skilbister forest farm
    Graeme and Joy Flett, February 2011
    Skilbister, named after the Orkney Island farm where the family originate, was taken up by Henry Flett in 1877. The farm was expanded by Henry and son Robert to become…
  • South Otago Branch President A bit more than a farm forester
    Ken Jones, February 2011
    If you stop making a profit in any venture you undertake, you should make changes to arrest the decline or you should get out of the venture. This is one…
  • The forestry scene in Otago
    Mid Otago branch, February 2011
    Otago has a rich forestry history, dating back 160 years. As early as 1849 a water-powered mill was operating on the Leith Stream to provide timber for the newly established…
  • Hidden gems of the south
    Murray Harris, February 2011
    This is an overview of the people, the geography and production capabilities of the area south of Dunedin to west Otago and inland to central Otgao. The colonising movement in…
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