Monday, April 6, 2009

The Ranch

08 March 2009
We were privileged to be invited to our friend's large spread called "The Ranch" outside of Balclutha. It is in the top 5% of large agricultural properties in New Zealand by size, and is professionally and scientifically managed. They have about 5,000 acres filled with Sheep, Dairy Cattle being grown to producing size, and Deer. While it is true that the natural environment is highly suitable to agriculture, the scientific management to maximize production is what makes New Zealand competitive in world markets despite it's distance from customers. Four people are all that is needed to run the operation on a full time basis. Many services are outsourced.

It was nice to catch up with Wichanne and David, and to hear of their hiking adventures in Europe. We have run together in many different parts of the world over a number of years.

David & Wichanee (above), and the Deer (below).

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