The Gore district is a fertile region, which has traditionally relied upon agriculture, and specifically sheep farming, for its prosperity. During recent years there has been a gradual but steady trend towards diversification and innovation. As the focus of primary production has altered, so to have the industries, which process Southland’s agricultural products. One only has to view the rapid expansion at Fonterra’s Edendale site as an example.
Agriculture remains the mainstay and quite probably always will. There are many factors for this. Fertile and accessible land together with consistent rainfall provides the ideal environment for intensive farm operations. And although we curse the southern climate, its temperate nature means we remain immune to a number of plant diseases and pests.