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Kelsie Farm

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Kelsie Farm


Your hosts: David & Carrie
Location: Christchurch
Driving time: 30 minutes from Christchurch

Back in the late 1970’s, David first got into farming by selling his totally reconditioned 1968 Ford Mustang 351 to buy 50 cows and start share milking. His decision to buy the farm in 1984 was no less dramatic. In 1996 David fell ill with a virus affecting his heart which ultimately meant David had a heart transplant in September 2003. David and Carrie express that having a strong family unit has been an extremely vital part for the growth of their company.

On the environment front, the family has been part of the Living Water scheme, working on the Canterbury Waterway Rehabilitation Experiment run by the University of Canterbury. These restoration trials are being undertaken at Silverstream in the Selwyn catchment (next to the Ararira-LII River catchment). This is a region-wide experiment that is stakeholder-driven, meaning farmers, councils, iwi and the public co-develop, co-design and trial solutions to rehabilitate freshwater ecosystems. Visitors to Open Gates will be able to visit this part of this restoration and see what has been done to improve local waterways. 

 

On the people side, it’s a family affair, with David and Carrie’s children, Jadene, Zoe, Alex and Nick all have a great passion for farming.  Chaminda, Operations Manager on the farm, is living his childhood dream of farming in New Zealand. Originally from Sri Lanka, Chaminda grew up knowing all about NZ dairy goodness through Anchor, one of Sri Lanka’s leading brands. Chaminda loves animals and his firm philosophy is that cows need to be well looked after to give the best milk – and he makes sure that happens. 

All the staff and family look forward to welcoming you to Open Gates this year, so bring a picnic and make a day of it!

Our activities 


Trailer Ride

Trailer Ride

See Calf Feeding

See Calf Feeding

Picnic Area

Picnic Area

Water Testing

Water Testing

Vet Talk

Vet Talk

Bush or Wetland Walk

Bush or Wetland Walk

Milking Demonstration

Milking Demonstration

Our water initiatives 


Effluent Management

Effluent Management

Riparian Planting

Riparian Planting

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

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