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The Align Difference

Our Values and Culture

At Align we have a deeply imbedded culture of family, acting honourably, being practical and striving to find a better way. We love to do the fundamentals well, create efficiencies and minimise wastage through a spirit of co-operation and collaboration.

We are a family business, made up of our passionate on farm families, our committed investor families, our skilled professional partners and dedicated suppliers. Together we are driving positive change in the industry in a supportive environment that delivers results above industry standards.

Our Approach

Select - Design - Transform - Lead

Select
Align has strict investment criteria that properties must meet before considered for purchase, these include factors such as shape, soil type, water, altitude and proximity to rural service centres. We are a long term investor, so on each purchase we consider the impacts of farming beyond tomorrow.

Design

Our attention to detail in the design phase ensures our farms are set up to best practice industry standards, are operationally efficient and have built to last infrastructure and equipment. These design details include items such as;

Transform
We believe in fixing issues up front and developing our farms to a standard that enables our farming teams to grow and utilise as much grass as possible. This includes optimising soil fertility, renewing poorly performing pastures and infrastructure is upgraded to deliver efficiencies.

We also make substantial investments in ensuring we are farming in harmony with the environment through our best practice effluent management systems and our annual tree planting programmes.

As part of getting our farms ready to farm, Align Farm Partners recruits and inducts suitable farm managers, purchases all livestock and plant and equipment required ready to farm.

Lead
Align is a co-investor in the farms it manages for the term of the investment. We drive a culture of discipline throughout the business, including a robust annual farm plan and budgeting programme, which provides the roadmap for our Farm Managers.  

On behalf of investors we monitor and benchmark each farms performance within the group and against the best operators in our farming system.

Ownership

Align has created an industry leading "farm to own" pathway. This is a truly intergenerational approach to dairying in New Zealand. We believe that ownership aligns interests and drives a thriving culture of care, pride, performance and sustainability.

Our farming approach attracts top of class dairying leaders whom are passionate about industry progression and have it in their DNA to achieve outstanding results.

Sustainable farming

Because Aligns farms are developed to such a high standard, this means our farm managers have all the tools available to maximise their production with low farm working expenses. We drive a culture of discipline throughout the business including a robust annual farm plan and budgeting programme. From that we are able to monitor and benchmark each farms performance within the group and against the best operators in our farming system.

We make substantial investments in ensuring we are farming in harmony with the environment through our best practice effluent management systems, efficient pivot irrigation watering systems and monitoring and our significant annual tree planting programmes.