Case Studies

Passionate about Dairying

SMASH has done a hell of a good job at picking good stuff to listen to. Sometimes you go along thinking “I have heard this all before” but it is amazing what new stuff comes up. You will always get something out of it.

Passionate about Dairying
Mac and Lynda Pacey live on the edge of the idyllic Rerewhakaaitu Lake, where they have farmed for over 30 years. The Paceys run a family operation with their son Mark and his wife Adelle, who 25% sharemilk on the property with one staff member to help. Mark’s goal is to buy into the herd so that ...
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Building Confidence and a Career

“At SMASH events we met like-minded people doing similar things, and they had done it for years, it gave us confidence to know that there are people out there doing the same thing we are doing.”

Building Confidence and a Career
Kenyan Charles and Kiwi Ann-Marie Anainga arrived back in NZ in 2000 with only the clothes on their backs. Four children and a decade later they are 50/50 sharemilking 140 cows in Ohaupo. Their goal is to achieve the best possible financial returns from their farm business, while ensuring they ...
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Boosted by SMASH Events

The positive energy of being with people who are enjoying what they are doing, and willingly share their wisdom, is helping this couple refocus and feel appreciated.

Boosted by SMASH Events
Leanne and Zane Crosby have been small scale 50/50 sharemilkers for 13 seasons, and now farm 240 cows on 80 ha in the Gordonton area. Through their 23 years of partnership they have enjoyed working as a team, and providing a stable rural lifestyle for their three sons, one of whom is now at ...
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A Smaller Herd Perspective

“It’s a different group of people that come to SMASH events to those you meet at other things, they are a group of people you wouldn’t normally get a chance to talk to. That’s really noticeable and really good.”

A Smaller Herd Perspective
Christine Finnigan milks 225 cows at Glen Oroua, near the coast in Manawatu. This location means her farm is a versatile mix of sandy soils (25ha) and clay (60ha), offering management options when the weather is inclement. She runs a system three operation, youngstock are grazed off and about 30 ...
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Keeping it in the Family

“I always enjoy the contact with other farmers. Every time I go I connect with somebody, or even people you have never met before, it’s cool."

Keeping it in the Family
Colin and Rachael Phillips are a father and daughter team farming between Pirongia and Te Awamutu in the Waikato. Rachael has just taken up a position as a lower order sharemilker on farm, with Colin looking to scale back his involvement once she finds her feet. Colin is the third generation to ...
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Strength in Smaller Numbers

I get a lot of information that I don’t pick up elsewhere. It comes from a different angle. Hearing practical ideas that work for other small farms is useful.

Strength in Smaller Numbers
The strong working partnership of smaller herd farmers Matt and Sarah-Jane Yates has been a cornerstone to the success of their farming business. Matt started his career drystock farming on the family block, but its sale enabled him to buy his own property. It was then that he decided dairy ...
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Back to the Future

If small farms weren’t around I think a lot of the No. 8 wire inventions wouldn’t happen because people aren’t out there in situations where they have to come up with the solution to problems.

Back to the Future
Six years ago Gavin, and his partner Jody Hansen, shifted from Waikato to Northland to take up a job offer. They are now in their fifth season 50:50 sharemilking in the Bay of Islands. They milk 180 Jersey cows through a 20 aside herringbone shed on the 60 ha (eff) farm. Dairy farming wasn’t ...
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