PGG Wrightson Land and
Life Award 2013


Canterbury Best Farm 2013 and
Best Low Input System 2013

"Attention to detail is the key to Beechbanks success. We have a
great team who all contribute to this."

- Beechbank Dairies

About Beechbank

Beechbank Vision & Mission

  • We will build a solid equity base to ensure we have a low risk, secure financial future for ourselves and future generations.
  • We will share our passion for the Dairy industry and play a leading role in the community and mentor others to reach their full potential.
  • We aspire to be preferred employers and play an active role in helping our staff and their families achieve their dreams.
  • We will be positive role models for our family assisting them to reach their potential.
  • We aspire to keep our knowledge of environmental challenges up to date and be environmentally sustainable both now and In the future.

Farm Facts

  • Beechbank is 148 Ha or 141Ha effective
  • 40 ASHB Cowshed
  • Milking between 520-550 cows
  • Annual production for 2013-14 season exceeded 280,000 kg's milk solids

After farming in Northland most of their lives, Alan and his wife, Sharron, have been in the dairy business in Canterbury since 2005. In that time, they have developed a reputation for good pasture management and running a profitable operation.

Alan and Sharron employ two families. Henning and Susanne Schritt and Danny and Stella Sales. Henning and Susanne arrived from Germany in 1986 and have two sons, Demetrius who is a professor at Canterbury University and Yosef who is studying in UK. The Schritts have been living and working at Beechbank since 2007.

Danny and Stella immigrated from the Philippines in 2009 with their children Stella Rae, Angelo and Neil and have been at Beechbank all that time. In 2012 they become residents of NZ along with their older son Dice who joined them then. Dice is working in Christchurch.

Alan and Sharron have 3 daughters, Rachael, Abbie and Casey, who along with their families have all moved south to Rangiora, North Canterbury.


  • Host of North Canterbury Farm Skills day
  • Dairy Women's Network Community Leadership Award
  • Lincoln University Foundation Farmer of the Year 2014
  • Award for Resource Efficiency
  • Award for best Human Resource management


  • Dairy Business of the Year New Zealand Runner Up
  • Dairy Business of the Year Canterbury Best Farm Business
  • Dairy Business of the Year Best Financial Performance fron a Low Input Farm
  • Ballance Farm Environment Awards Finalist
  • Ballance Farm Environment Awards PGG Wrightson Land and Life Award


  • Dairy Business of the Year Trans Tasman Supreme Winner
  • Dairy Business of the Year NZ Supreme Winner
  • Dairy Business of the Year Low Suppliment Winner


  • LIC Sire Proving Scheme Members of the Year
  • Dairy Business of the Year Canterbury Regional Winner
  • Dairy Business of the Year Medium Supplement Winner
  • Ballance Farm Environment Awards Canterbury LIC Dairy Farm Award

"Let the cows tell you what they need, use some gut instinct.
Monitor, monitor, monitor."

- Beechbank Dairies

Located in Culverden,North Canterbury

Converted from sheep to dairy farm in 1995.
Purchased by Alan and Sharron in June 2005 when they moved from Northland where they were born and bred.


F A & S A Davie-Martin
257 Top Pahau Ford Road
Rd2 Culverden North Canterbury 7392
P: +64 3 3158508
M: 0274 304803 / 0274 754129

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