Friday, July 8, 2022

Beefing Up

A ‘can-do’ attitude has taken the Fisher family a long way. Sandra Taylor reports. There is nothing the Fisher family likes more than a challenge. Whether it is their land, management systems or stock, the family continually strive to improve what they do – or as Brent Fisher says – make things better. Brent learned this attitude from his parents Bruce and Maureen. Together they have grown their family business from a small town supply dairy farm to owning and operating Silverstream, the largest Charolais stud in the country on a farm operation covering 920ha at Greendale and Banks Peninsula.

Heifers on the Fishers’ hill-country farm with Lake Ellesmere in the background.

While Silverstream has been synonymous with Charolais, the Fishers have recently added a Hereford stud to the mix.

Anna, who has an agricultural science degree, is just as passionate about stud breeding as her husband, and her parents Pete and Jill Smyth run the Na Puteputi Hereford stud at Wairoa in the North Island.

Anna and Brent have moved some of the stud cattle down to the South Island to continue breeding the bloodlines that Anna’s parents have established.

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