The farm was able to take out an ANZ Business Green Loan to buy the EV T60, something Jeff said had helped convince his business partners - his parents Trevor and Francie and wife Heather.
“The green loan’s special rate made it a sensible business decision,” he said.
“Add in the [clean car] rebate from the government and it just made good business sense - we found we could easily afford the next step."
With clear financial reasons for going electric, and an increasing number of EV options, Jeff says there’s no reason others in the poultry industry – or the wider farming community - can’t also consider making the change.
“I like to think that all I'm doing is basically showing that it is possible,” Jeff said.
“Not only that, but also that it's economically viable - it saves money - and it's just a better way to do things.”
His long-term plans include trying to further decarbonise the farm, ultimately having all the heating and cooling of the chicken sheds done via solar and heat pumps.
More investment will be required, but for Jeff, the ultimate goal is to try to make the farm, and his chicken rearing operation, as close to carbon zero as possible.
“If I had a little badge on my shoulder - the clean green carbon zero badge - I'd be more than happy with that - I'd wear it with pride,” he said.