Waitomo News : 13 February Farmer 2018
4 NKC Farmer Tuesday, February 13, 2018 Lely and Massey Ferguson Haytools Neil Lawrence 027 654 0913 King Country Sales Kahikatea Drive, Hamilton Phone 07 843 7237 waikatotractors.co.nz 3.99% Finance available on specific models, to approved AGCO Finance customers with 30% minimum deposit. GST paid in 3rd month, and balance paid over 36 months. Subject to normal lending criteria. Conditions Apply. OFFER ENDS 28 FEBRUARY 2018 WORKING WITH YOU 24 7 Ring Neil, for a Demo... and a Deal MF5710 4WD Cab and MF946X Loader ex Demonstrator model • 102hp heavyweight Tractor • Large 98lpm Hydraulic Pump • Wet Clutch Transmission • Ideal for intensive feed-pad use • Quality and quiet MF Cab From $82,900 +GST from page 3 After several years of dairy farming, the brothers decided on a change of pace. FARM CONVERTED They sold their herd in 1987 and converted to beef. The size of the farm fluctuated in the following the years, until eventually they settled on a manageable 750 head of cattle on 200ha (494ac) of flat to rolling hill country. “The work was still there, but it was a welcome change in lifestyle,” says Dawn. Again, Bernie put his father’s values into practice and with a touch of his own knowledge and expertise, ran a successful operation. “I was at the stock sales most of the time because I did most of the pur- chasing,” says Bernie. “And what I’d be looking for is stock that I reckon I could build on their frame. “What I enjoyed the most was seeing an animal go off the property that we’d got up to the right weight and achieved the maximum margin of profit per animal. That was really satisfying.” Looking back on a lifetime on the land, Bernie says the biggest change in how a farm is run has been the inclusion of modern machinery. “All we used to have to cut hay back then was two sickle bar mowers,” he says. “It took a whole lot of manpower but that in no way could compete with the machines today. “These days, you can have one driver with two or three machines and he can do the whole lot himself.” With 60 years of experience to call on, Bernie’s best piece of advice for a young farmer is “be prepared to work”. “You also need to be multi-talented,” he says. “If something goes wrong or breaks down, you need to be able to fix it yourself. “That’s an incredibly valuable skill to have. “Be prepared to work” “But the main reason I’ve been able to keep doing this for so long has been the support of my lovely wife. TRUE PARTNERSHIP “It truly has been a partnership.” Dawn agrees. “I think we’ve been so successful because of all the enthu- siasm we have. “It’s a way of life rather than a job. “We don’t think of days off, we think about what needs doing and getting it done.” Along with running successful dairy and beef properties, Bernie and Dawn raised four daughters – Fiona, Raewyn, Wendy and Louise – and now have 13 grandchildren. Today, they still farm an 80ha (197ac) beef property on McCready Rd with help from Louise and her husband Clarke. And when time allows, Bernie enjoys a round of golf while the couple regularly visit Marokopa for the odd spot of fishing. BERNIE and Dawn McDowell have successfully operated both dairy and beef farming operations on their McCready Rd farm since the 1970s. Now, with help from their daughter Louise, a third generation McDowell is farming the property.
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