Karaka couple regional Share Farmer of the Year
The 2017 Auckland/Hauraki Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmer of the Year winners have a clear vision of where they are headed, and a plan to make it happen.
Fraser and Amber Carpenter from Karaka are both very goal-orientated and driven. “We have a clear vision of our future goals and work to set smaller goals to help us achieve our big-picture plans,” they say.
The couple were named the 2017 Auckland/Hauraki Share Farmers of the Year at the region’s annual awards dinner held at the Pukekohe Indian Hall last night, and won $12,200 in prizes.  The other major winners were the 2017 Auckland/Hauraki Dairy Manager of the Year Rachael Foy, and the 2017 Auckland/Hauraki Dairy Trainee of the Year, Alex Voysey.
The Carpenters say entering the Awards has always been a goal, which they are pleased to have now achieved. “The learning and development that these awards give you to better understand your business is an opportunity in itself,” says Amber.  “The awards have also opened up networking opportunities with rural professionals and valuable members of the community which can only help us develop our business in the future.”
Fraser (32) grew up on a dairy farm and is a qualified mechanic. Since leaving the automotive industry to pursue a career in dairy farming, he has completed the Primary ITO National Certificates in Dairy Farming and Agribusiness Management.
Amber has a Bachelor of Design and Fashion which she puts to good use as a Merchandise Manager for Cotton On NZ, and has also been working in the business a few years.
The couple are in their second season 50/50 sharemilking on Fraser Mansell’s 66.5ha Papakura property, milking 180 cows. Future farming goals include successfully obtaining a larger sharemilking job then moving into farm ownership.
The Carpenters look forward to making the most of any opportunities and believe that the diversity in their experience and knowledge stands them in good stead for the future. “We both bring different strengths to the business and know how to utilize these in our business every day,” they say.
The Auckland/Hauraki Dairy Industry Awards field day will be held on 22 March 2017 at 178 Muir Road, Karaka where Auckland/Hauraki Share Farmers of the Year, Fraser and Amber Carpenter, sharemilk.