This year’s Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards was held in Masterton, Wairarapa, on the 6th of July.

“This is the fifth year the industry’s top performers have gathered to acknowledge outstanding contributors in genetics, science and commercial lamb production. Farmlands Co-operative Significant Contribution to the New Zealand Sheep Industry was awarded to Derek Daniell, Wairere.

Derek Daniell took over Wairere in 1983, continuing a family tradition spanning 103 years. The family have been breeding Romneys since 1929 and Wairere’s medium to steep hill country has proven to be a great testing ground for their genetics. Such a well-established flock has had a significant influence on New Zealand’s sheep breeding and productive performance. Ram sales continue to grow as national ewe numbers decline, illustrating the quality and productivity of Wairere stock. The judges noted Derek’s holistic view of how his operation fits into the wider New Zealand sheep industry, promoting efficiency and confidence in the future.”

The Wairere team would like to congratulate Derek Daniell for his vision, hard work and mentorship. We also would like to thank the people who voted for this award and all of our clients and industry professionals who have contributed to this achievement.
Wairere’s goal of enriching sheep farmers’ lives has always been the core of our sheep breeding strategy alongside transparency and consistency. This acknowledgement reinforces our commitment in keep breeding high performance sheep under commercial conditions to deliver a world class genetics package that makes your sheep farming easier and more profitable.

Read more about the event here:

Photo: Andrew Puddy with Harry Soper. Andrew collected the Farmlands Co-operative Significant Contribution to the New Zealand Sheep Industry award on behalf of Derek Daniell (Beef and Lamb media release)

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