The O’Neill family have had a busy few months. Michael and Anne Marie’s son Tom married Millie Holden in Hawke’s Bay in November at her family farm, Forrest Gate. Their daughter Alana married Sam Middleton at their home farm ‘Bakers Crossing’ in January.
Like a great marriage, Rowing is a sport that involves passion and commitment too! Georgia and Sam Jefferis are representative rowers for their respective Schools, Waikato Dio and St Paul’s Collegiate. Dave and Lyndi are proud supporters and have helped sponsor their teams under the Coastal Lamb banner, which is very much appreciated. We wish Georgia and Sam all the best for success in the prestigious and hard-fought Maadi Cup – the biggest school sporting event in the Southern Hemisphere with over 2,500 athletes from 130 schools competing. Go well!
Some people just can’t sit still. They’re always dreaming of, or looking for their next project. Coastal Lamb farmer, supplier and shareholder Anna Mackintosh is definitely one of those people.
Anna is actively involved in helping to run their extensive 5th generation family farming operation, with her husband Paul. Paul’s parents Bruce and Helen and his sister Ruth and her husband Simon are also very much involved in the family business.
The Mackintosh’s sheep, beef and arable cropping enterprise is run across their three farms in Whanganui and the Rangitikei. They keep their business diversified by including arable cropping, agricultural contracting and a silo complex in the mix. They also rear chickens for the egg-laying industry. Anna and Paul have 3 children too – Ben, Duncan and Emily and a menagerie of pets. Life is busy!
A couple of months ago Paul & Anna embarked on a project to transform an old chiller-truck body (like a shipping container but made of fridge panelling) into a cosy sleepout. It started as a family venture with some help from engineering farm staff, but soon became something of a community project thanks to the generosity of friends and family pitching in their time and skills to help. Anna says it was a hugely rewarding project and she loved learning a lot of practical DIY skills along the way. The result is outstanding and a credit to Anna’s tenacity and ability to get things done. Just look at the before and after photos – amazing. Love your work Anna!