Kepler Farm – Southland winners 2019
Kepler Farm, managed by Travis Leslie and Catriona Cunningham, is the Southland Winner thanks to a glowing reputation relating to its environmental awareness and genetics programme. Carrying approximately 7300 sheep and 1650 cattle, the main focus of the operation is its terminal sire sheep flock, FocusPrime. The judges were impressed by the farm’s extensive commitment to biodiversity. In the last two years, more than 10,000 trees, plants and shrubs have been planted in riparian zones and as shelter for stock. The judges noted the well-thought-out shelterbelts, which help to protect stock from the prevailing winds and provide shade for hot summer days.