Graeme and Christine Cooke have been involved with Waibury since its inception in 2000. Prior to moving to the South Island to operate Dalry farm (one of Waibury’s original properties, since sold), Graeme and Christine sharemilked at Ohinewai in the Waikato.
After three seasons at Dalry, Graeme and Christine had increased productivity through improved irrigation, new grass and good management from 126,000 kgMS to 236,000 kgMS.
In 2003/04 season the Cookes moved onto Redpost farm. During that season they converted Redpost from a herringbone milking platform operation with a border-dyke irrigation system, to a modern, completely regrassed, centre pivoted property with a 50 bail rotary milking platform. Production has subsequently lifted from 171,000 kgMS to 415,460 KgMS in the 2010/11 season. This property has reached its potential.
Graeme and Christine Cooke pride themselves on their quality livestock and an extremely well run dairy unit.
At the start of the 2008/09 season, farm managers Martin and Rachael Hickey purchased a small shareholding in Redpost Farm Ltd on which they had been working for one season. This enabled the Cookes to invest in and operate two dairy support blocks: Waitanui and Cairnbrae. The Cookes have overseen the development of Waitanui into a dairy farm in the 10-11 season.
At the end pf 2010/11 season Martin and Rachael Hickey took up the position of Equity Managers on Willowbank