We are Dairy Farmers, sharemilking 550 cows between Kaitangata & Balclutha on a 3rd generation family farm.
Mat & Catherine
What do you do and why is it important?
We are Dairy Farmers, sharemilking 550 cows between Kaitangata & Balclutha on a 3rd generation family farm. We're both young, in our 20's, and are passionate about running a professional business, that provides opportunities for development for us and the people involved in our operation. The welfare and wellbeing of the people and animals we work with is strongly valued in our business, and we take pride in running a tidy operation. With 95% of NZ's dairy product exported, what we do is important because it feeds the world!
The best thing about living and working in the Clutha District?
We're on the doorstep to some of our favourite places. Wanaka is an easy weekend getaway, Dunedin is very handy for services, Mat loves
getting down to the Catlins for a quick hunt in the evening after milking, the cheese factory and milk tanker depot is just around the corner from us in Stirling... we're central to everything! Mat grew up here and met Catherine while he was on his OE in Australia (yes, she's an Aussie!), so having both spent a good amount of time away from the area it's great to now be settled somewhere that 'has it all' for us.
What is your favourite place in the Clutha District?
The Catlins area is a getaway favourite of ours. It's close and versatile enough that it's a great option for an overnighter on a weekend off, or a nice day drive on a Sunday in between milkings.