Wiremu and Bettina Reid
BNZ Excellence in Māori Farming Young Māori Dairy Farmer of the Year 2014

 

Wiremu and Bettina ReidWiremu is 24 years old and has his heart set on owning a farm by age 30.

A fourth generation dairy farmer, Wiremu grew up in Whangarei and moved south with his partner Bettina in 2009. Since then the young couple have been building up their equity, making many sacrifices along the way, hoping to reach farm ownership by 2020. “Ultimately we want a run off, or a lease block, with conversion possibilities; but for the short term we would like somewhere to graze our own stock.”

With the support of Wiremu’s parents, the couple are currently in their first season 50/50 sharemilking 1150 cows in Ranfurly. 

The family are “doing a big marae style partnership”, his parents are helping out with the wintering and mating so he and Bettina can spend more time doing extra jobs that will help them get to where they want to be faster.

Both Wiremu and Bettina are studying towards a Diploma in Agribusiness Management.