[9 October/ New Zealand Herald]

The Paterson Family were finalists in the Otago region and won the WaterForce integrated management award and the Massey University innovation award. Entries are open for the 2018 awards. Otago entries close on October 31. The winners will be announced at an awards dinner in Wanaka on April 13. The Patersons run their sheep stud, commercial sheep and trading cattle business over two flat-to-rolling blocks and two hill-country summer runs in the Gimmerburn area. The family was continuously trying to improve different areas of the operation and was fitting new pivot irrigation when they entered. Mr Paterson said visitors from the judges meant they had someone new critique their business, and the competition was well weighted – environmental versus farm sustainability. The Paterson business places primary focus on ensuring business sustainability.