Alistair and Coleen Roberts farm 384 ha near Pudding Hill, Methven. They have two daughters, Isabella who is 14 years old and Charlotte who is 12 years old. The Roberts run 900 cows through a 54 bale rotary cowshed. The farm is entirely dry land but is in a very high rainfall zone collecting over 1400 mm per annum on average.
Alister formerly ran the farm as a sheep and beef operation, converting to dairy 6 years ago. He is a respected stockman and insists on having well–fed, healthy animals. The cows are on a largely pasture based diet but he also feeds many different types of supplements including; grass silage, cereal silage, maize, straw, grain, molasses and wheat. The farm has traditionally been lacking quite enough water for its dairy requirements, but with the development of the new Spaxton district water scheme it should provide ample water availability in the future.
In the past Alister had a passion for breeding Charolais Beef Cattle and Border Romney ewes. He is also past President of The Methven Rodeo, A & P Association and Collie Club. Colleen and the girls have a long running interest in horses and are part of the local pony club. Animals are a big part of the Roberts life, which is evident upon a visit to their farm. Cows, sheep, horses, pigs, goats, chickens, cats, dogs, rabbits birds and the latest addition a baby hare!