Lyndhurst dairy farming couple Ben and Cate McIntosh part own an irrigated dairy farm in partnership with Ben’s parents Ray and Jenny that they also 50/50 share milk. The farm supports 920 cows on a dairy platform area of 230ha, total area 244ha. The McIntosh family have lived in the area their whole lives. Ray and Jenny traditionally ran the farm as a mixed cropping and grazing operation. Ben and Cate spent many years away from the farm share milking and building up their knowledge of the dairy industry which has helped a lot with the conversion of the home farm recently.
The cows supplement diet consists simply of grass and maize silage and straw. A portion of this feed is brought in which we source locally and the rest is grass silage made on farm in peak growth periods. Ben finds the simple feed system works well but it is imperative to buy in good quality product. Ben and Cate have three children Ella, Joe and Charlie who have many other interests including rugby and hockey. Cate is on the local Hockey committee and Ben is on the Methven A&P Association committee. Going forward Ben and Cate are working towards buying the rest of the farm from Ray and Jenny.