Young Supplier On The Road To Success
Pete Smit is an Open Country farmer supplier and one of many young kiwis who are making the most of the opportunities available in the New Zealand dairy industry. His family has a long history with dairy farming. Pete’s grandfather was involved with herd recording in Holland and his father came to New Zealand to work as a geneticist for LIC before they became dairy farmers. Since then, his family has been farming for 30 years. Pete was born in Southland and moved to the Waikato with his family when he was eight. Since his early childhood, he would always help out on the family farm.
Pete is now in his third season as a herd-owning sharemilker on the 68-hectare property that is jointly owned by his mother, Nienke and older brother, Floyd in Ohaupo, outside of Hamilton.
Pete says there has been a big difference in running his own farm, compared to being a farm hand. He has had to get a grasp on managing both himself and how to get the most value out of his day. He’s enjoyed personal growth in farming over the last few years.
Pete milks over 200 Holstein Friesian cows which produced close to 130,000 kgMS in the 2019/2020 season, approximately 630 kgMS per cow. That is well above the Waikato average of 360 kgMS per cow.
Calving is split 50/50 between autumn and spring. Autumn calving starts in early March and finishes at the end of April, and spring calving starts around the end of July and finishes in early September.