Know Your Farmer

KNOW YOUR FARMER : Love Your Food

Meet Dion & Ali…. Our farmers from ToViewADream Farming Ltd; a fabulous farm operation with approximately 29,000 ewes, rams and lamb.  Dion manages the collective farm with the support of block managers, stock managers and shepherds.

Dion comes from a long farming lineage.  His passion and knowledge is evident as he works the stock on the farm.

Growing up in Shannon, Manawatu, Dion was drawn to the farm life.  Since leaving school he has worked as a shepherd, stock manager and farm manager, before settling in the Biddeford Valley in Wairarapa.  He leased his first farm, and since Dion and Ali have proudly purchased the Biddeford block.

Dion understands the attributes of the different types of sheep breeds; his preference being a Romney-Texel cross.  Charollais rams provide the stocky genetics so our girls come with plenty of meat on their bones; with no wool on the face and great marbling qualities.

Ali joined Dion on the farm just over four years ago.  Ali, a self-confessed city-slicker comes from Wellington.  She enjoys working around the farm, the spectacular scenery and life-style the farm offers.  She loves the fact that no two days are the same.

This year Dion & Ali have won Wairarapa Farm Business of the Year.  This is a prestigious award in recognition of their hard, tireless work.

Dion & Ali have also won the Paddock Champions for the Outstanding Food Producers Awards 2018.