Couple’s business kicks up a gear

Couple’s business kicks up a gear
PHOTOS: Fraser and Amber Carpenter have taken on a 50:50 sharemilking position on a 500-cow farm in Mangatawhiri.

Sharemilkers Amber and Fraser Carpenter are looking forward to the next step in their journey as they expand their business next season with a larger 50:50 position with Paparimu Valley Farm in Mangatawhiri.
They will milk 500 cows on the 198ha effective unit, a substantial increase from the 190 cows they presently milk near Karaka in South Auckland.
“It was time for us to move to a larger role,” says Amber.
“This new farm suits us, our values, our business and our family.”
The couple cite values such as environmental custodianship and sustainability as some of the key drivers of their business.
“On every job we aim to make sure we leave the land in a better condition for future generations. Animal welfare is also a priority. They are our best asset, we love them and want to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep our cows healthy and happy,” says Amber.
The new position is particularly exciting for Amber as it will give her an opportunity to utilise her skills, gained in various leadership roles in the fashion industry, as the couple employ staff for the first time.
They will employ two full time and one part time staff member, which will also allow Amber and Fraser, who are parents to one-year-old son Oliver, more time off with family.
“We also want to give people the opportunity to grow and progress in the industry. We want to develop a culture where we support and develop our staff.
“We want to give them a reason to get up in the morning and ensure they are aligned with our passions.  Business, people and culture are my key strengths,” says Amber who predicts a key challenge will be changing their “sole charge mind set,” to allow them to successfully delegate.
Before taking on their present sharemilk-Couple’s business kicks up a gearKaren Phelpsing position at Karaka, Fraser was managing his parent’s farm, also at Karaka, then working as a second-in-charge on a 500-cow farm at Clevedon.
Their herd has typically been producing 71,000 to 72,000kgMS a year but is on target to achieve 75,000 kg this season.
He says the farm was well developed when they arrived and they have been fortunate to have a supportive farm owner in Fraser Mansell.
Fraser said one highlight of his time on the unit has been taking out the 2017 Auckland/Hauraki Dairy Industry Awards Share Farmer of the Year award but both he and Amber are ambitious and ready for the next step:“We’re very much ready for it but it will produce challenges,” says Amber.
“We’ve got big plans for ourselves and our business and this is a good starting point.”
“But until we start the new position the focus is on making sure the new sharemilkers coming onto the Karaka farm have the best possible start they can,” says Fraser.
Once again it boils down to the couple’s key goal – to leave the land in better condition than when they arrived for whoever comes next.
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