The Framptons have been farming on the same farm for six generations and more than 150 years. The farm has grown from 320 cows some five years ago, to 440 cows on 150 hectares. Their philosophy has been – and still is – “targeting low-cost production”. A focus on more efficient use of resources lowers production costs and the Framptons are usually one of the lowest-cost producers among the 40-odd entrants in the annual Dairy Farmer of the Year competition.
Recent warmer winters have supported better grass growth and helped the transition to earlier calving.