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Brad & Ellie’s Farm

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Brad & Ellie’s Farm


Your hosts: Brad & Ellie
Location: Mercer
Driving time: 43 minutes from Mt Wellington

Brad and Ellie are looking forward to Open Gates, but noone is more excited than their 11-year-old daughter Sadie, who will be the Official Animal Hostess on the day. Sadie will showcase her pet rabbits, along with giving talks on calf care and answering any other questions people might have about farm life. She’ll be assisted by younger brothers George, Theo and Will, so all visitors can be assured a warm welcome.

Brad and Ellie have been on their 330-hectare Mercer farm for over ten years. They milk 920 cows and are both passionate about caring for their animals and looking after the land. Brad sees them as the custodians of the land, rather than the owners, and as a New Zealander and father of four, he is committed to looking after the land and waterways on their farm. Cows are also a top priority of course, and all family and staff ensure they are in top health and any issues are swiftly resolved.

At Open Gates this year, visitors will have an opportunity to watch a milking and go on a farm tour. There’ll also be lots of fun and games for the kids. So, bring a picnic and make a day of it! 

Our activities 


Trailer Ride

Trailer Ride

See Calf Feeding

See Calf Feeding

Sausage Sizzle

Sausage Sizzle

Vet Talk

Vet Talk

Water Testing

Water Testing

Milking Demonstration

Milking Demonstration

Farmyard Friends

Farmyard Friends

Bush or Wetland Walk

Bush or Wetland Walk

Our water initiatives 


Effluent Management

Effluent Management

Riparian Planting

Riparian Planting

Retired Land

Retired Land

Monitoring Systems

Monitoring Systems

Fencing Waterways

Fencing Waterways

Bridge or Culvert

Bridge or Culvert

Nitrogen Management Data

Nitrogen Management Data

Farm Environmental Plans

Farm Environmental Plans

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