Meet our farmers
At Silver Fern Farms, we are more than just our meat. We are a close-knit community of passionate, hardworking farmers who honor the lives of the animals, the land we call home, and the responsibility of feeding communities all over the world.
Angus & Esther Mabin
Central Hawke's Bay.
The property is a springtime dream: beautifully manicured lawns and hedges, a tranquil lake, a tennis court and pool, and ducks waddling through the family's adjacent daffodil farm.
Ben and Raewyn Gaddum
Tuapae Farms, Hawke’s Bay.
The Gaddum family story of hard work and determination has carried through generations, resulting today in the finest natural pasture-raised Silver Fern Farms venison in the country.
Minimizing our impact
Since most of the land in New Zealand is unsuitable for crops, pastoral farming is a highly sustainable alternative. Silver Fern farmers also use a natural abundance of rainwater to grow the grasses that feed livestock, and they adhere to low-intensity farming practices to minimize environmental impact.
Improving land for the future
Many of the Silver Fern farmers are involved in conservation initiatives such as restoring native biodiversity, weed and pest control, and improving local habitats and waterways. They also actively address erosion through fencing and planting trees. In fact, since 2000, New Zealand farmers have protected about 320,000 hectares of erosion-prone hill country.
Taste the Difference
We produce tender, flavorful red meat while also nurturing and honoring the animals, the environment, and the community. That's the Silver Fern Farm difference.