[6 November/ Farmers Weekly]

Nick and Penny France hosted 90 farmers and rural professionals at a B+LNZ Farming for Profit field day to learn about proper, old-fashioned attention to detail farming philosophy. Mr France told the farmers he runs his beef farm as cheaply as possible, aligning practice with a philosophy of using bulls that perform under commercial conditions and produce profitable offspring. Mr and Mrs France have run Okawa, a 780-hectare property. Mr and Mrs France’s farm management was founded on increasing performance and quality of young stock in the stud bull operation. The sheep were run in the same fashion. Mr France said lamb wastage was minimal at 10 percent, and weaning percentage is 153 percent with 30-40 percent straight off of their mother to the works. Mr France said the key message was condition score, shelter and lambing beat.