Westland Profiles Multi-generational farm finds success in dairying
Meet Paul and Ann Jarman, suppliers from Darfield in Canterbury. As they talk to Regional Milk Supply Manager Tony Watson, the couple discuss the philosophies behind the effective running of their dairy farm in Canterbury.
With five generations of sheep and crop farming behind them, the Jarman’s converted 135 hectares of their farm to dairy last year. Weekly technical monitoring of soil moisture levels, has allowed for more efficient irrigation planning, which provide both economic and environmental advantages. Their healthy, well-bred herd of 550 Friesian-Jersey, otherwise known as kiwi cross, cows are especially content on their naturally sheltered Canterbury farm.
Having farmed on the same property for close to 150 years the Jarman’s say they are privileged to be able to farm the land their forefathers did, and are comfortable in knowing that their decisions today can ensure their families continual involvement in farming community for many years to come.