Pouto farmers Dan and Gina Duncan have won the prestigious 2018 New Zealand Share Farmers of the Year competition, bringing the cup back to Kaipara and Northland for the first time in 22 years.
As well as the top New Zealand title they also collected three merit awards; the Primary ITO Interview Award, the Ravensdown Pasture Performance Award and the Westpac Business Performance Award at the Invercargill ceremony.
The couple moved from Tokoroa to Pouto in 2016 seeking a better future and are share milking 1,020 cows on the 460ha Pouto Topu A Trust farms property.
“We are proud to get Northland on the national cup again. It has been 22 years since someone took out this award in this region and it is cool doing it from Pouto — somewhere that a lot of people don’t know exists,” said Dan.
“We never thought we were in the running at a national level but decided to give the competition a try. I think our point of difference was coming from an area that isn’t very well known in the dairying industry. I grew up on a dairy farm, and when we decided to change career we aligned ourselves with successful farmers, and it has paid off,” he said.