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The South Island’s best farmer grows grapes

11 February 2014

The South Island’s best farmer grows grapes

The colourful Peter Yealands, who was named 2013 South Island Farmer of the Year, is hosting the winner’s Field Day at his multi award winning Marlborough winery this Thursday (13 February).

“Federated Farmers congratulates the Lincoln University Foundation for recognising the best of South Island farming through its South Island Farmer of the Year competition,” says Bruce Wills, Federated Farmers President.

“This Thursday, farmers will have a chance to see just why Marlborough entrepreneur and winemaker, Peter Yealands, was named the South Island’s best farmer for 2013.

“From biological lawn mowers using “baby-doll" sheep to his overall ‘vine to bottle’ approach, the Lincoln Foundation is right to say the knowledge shared at this field day will not just be inspirational, but have relevance to all primary industries.

“The displays will include a self drive tractor, vine pruning bales, tractors with hydrogen generators, composting and Bio Char. It will also include plastic eco bottles and ‘sauvignoir’ wine.

“The South Island Farmer of the Year competition judges noted that sound business practices are integrated into every aspect of Peter Yealands operation. This is matched with a vision, will and tenacity to create a successful farm business enterprise.

“As a free event we encourage all farmers to attend this Thursday because it is a healthy cross-fertilisation of ideas,” Mr Wills concluded.

2013 South Island Farmer of the Year Winner’s Field Day:

When: This Thursday (13 February)

Time: 10am – 3.30pm

Where: Yealands Estate Winery, Cnr Seaview and Reserve Roads, Seddon, Marlborough

Map: Click here for a map

Lunch: Is provided along with refreshments

RSVP: Is encouraged to

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