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'Taupo Beef' in conjunction with their brand partners Neat Meat Ltd were awarded a Gold Medal for their Picanha Steak and a Silver Medal for their 'Taupo Beef' Manuka Honey and Hickory Sausage.

These awards are judged by a panel of NZ and Overseas Food Writers who take into account a wide range of criteria including:

*Taste and Flavour


*Environmental Impact

*Packaging sustainability

*Social Contribution

*Employment Practices


SUPREME AWARD - NZI Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable New Zealand 2015


At the 2015 Sustainable Business Network Awards, Taupō Beef won the Restorative Impact Award as well as the ‘NZI Greatest Contribution to a Sustainable New Zealand’ (Supreme Award) through its vision to lead New Zealand beef farming while also protecting the water quality in Lake Taupō 

Click here to find out more about the Sustainable Business Network Awards

SUPREME WINNER - Ballance Farm Environment Awards Waikato 2014


Mike and Sharon Barton were Supreme Winners of the 2014 Ballance Farm Environment Awards Waikato, as well as the BallanceAgri Nutrients Soil Management Award and the Massey University Innovation Award.

Click here to view a PDF of the Waikato New Zealand BFEA winners

ENVIRONMENTAL TICK - Waikato Regional Council

Waikato Regional Council has given the first 'environmental 'tick' to farms recognising environmentally sustainable farming practices & compliance with new rules to protect Lake Taupo' water quality.

Taupo Beef is verifiably produced in a way that preserves the water quality
of Lake Taupo for generations to come - a first for New Zealand.

"This environmental endorsement confirms that these farmers have accepted a cap on the livestock they carry and will manage their farming operations under strict external monitoring to ensure Lake Taupo's excellent water quality is absolutely protected." Chairman Peter Buckley said.

Taupo is the first place in the world where a regulatory cap - and - trade system has been put in place to cap the amount of nitrogen entering water through soil and groundwater from a non-point source, in this case, livestock.  It is an initiative that has evolved over the past 10 years and has involved all stakeholders in the Lake Taupo area.

This council is pleased to support farmers who have adapted their farming systems to protect water quality and are compliant with the rules to protect Lake Taupo.



Mike Barton's efforts to preserve the environment, protect Lake Taupo and farm successfully earned him a Queen's Service Medal for services to farming and the environment in the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours.

Mike Barton QSM, pictured with his mother Joy Barton (L) and wife Sharon Barton (R) at Government House.

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