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Lyons Farm | Mangatawhiri


Your hosts: Jamie & Lu
Location: Mangatawhiri, Waikato
Driving time: 45 minutes from Auckland CBD

Only 45 minutes from central Auckland, Jamie and Lu farm in the Mangatawhiri Valley near Pokeno - a piece of paradise that’s been in Jamie's family for more than 150 years.

It’s a lifestyle to envy. Surrounded by beautiful plantings, tall trees and the Mangatawhiri Stream, Jamie and Lu love being their own bosses and spending time outside with their three children - Oliver, William and Isabelle.

The farm is also home to 220 dairy cows, and proper management of the environment is a key component of life on-farm. Jamie and Lu have fenced off the wide banks on the side of the Mangatawhiri Stream to protect their waterways and to support the local eel and trout populations. One of the biggest changes on-farm in recent years has been the construction of a 30 metre bridge across their waterways, replacing a ford previously used by cows to cross the farm.

Keen to learn more about life on-farm and find out where the milk on your local supermarket shelves comes from? As Jamie and Lu open their gates, there will be plenty of opportunities to learn about the local water testing taking place and to talk to the local Mangatawhiri Catchment Group. You’ll also get the opportunity to see milking take place and learn about how Jamie and Lu keep their cows happy all year round.

Make sure you’re not late! The local school will be there hosting the sausage sizzle. If you’re lucky, you’ll also get to meet Oliver’s pet sheep - Thunder.

Our activities 


Milking Demonstration

Milking Demonstration

Trailer Ride

Trailer Ride

See Calf Feeding

See Calf Feeding

Farmyard Friends

Farmyard Friends

Planting

Planting

Bush or Wetland Walk

Bush or Wetland Walk

Sausage Sizzle

Sausage Sizzle

Water Testing

Water Testing

Vet Talk

Vet Talk

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Our water initiatives 


Effluent Management

Effluent Management

Riparian Planting

Riparian Planting

Retired Land

Retired Land

QEII Bush

QEII Bush

Monitoring Systems

Monitoring Systems

Fencing Waterways

Fencing Waterways

Bridge or Culvert

Bridge or Culvert

Wetland Area

Wetland Area

Nitrogen Management Data

Nitrogen Management Data

Farm Environmental Plans

Farm Environmental Plans