Farming First XV
These people choose to be associated with us not because we pay them but because of who we are and what we stand for. These highly respected people are leaders in their field so we’re proud to call on them as our network.
Precision Ag, CEO Agri Optics, Methven
Craige is an innovative dairy and arable farmer from Methven, NZ. Craige and wife Roz operate two farms, Greenvale Pastures, an arable cropping property, and are also partners in Three Springs Dairies Ltd, a neighboring dairy farm. Farming since 1984, Craige has developed a keen interest in sustainable farming practices and innovative solutions for New Zealand agriculture. Craige is involved in research programmes with various organisations. He is a member of the Foundation for Arable Research (FAR) Strategic Research Committee, Chair of the Precision Agriculture Association of NZ (PAANZ), Board member of Precision Agriculture Australia (SPAA) and a NZ delegate to the International Society of Precision Agriculture (ISPA). Craige is a New Zealand Nuffield Scholar and has been the recipient of various awards most recently being the Ballance Farm Environmental Awards Supreme Award for the Canterbury region. Craige is also an Alumni member of the 2012 Global Farmer Roundtable.
Farmer and Farming Advisor
A well-known farming personality, Lochie is a sheep and beef consultant for AgFirst. Lochie is a former successful sheep, beef and deer farmer of 485 ha, past Chairman of Canesis (Wool Research), past Chairman Sheep Improvement Ltd (genetics) and past Director of the New Zealand Wool Board and was a Livestock Performance Manager at Silver Fern Farms. Prior to, and while, farming Lochie worked as a consultant with MAF and Touche Ross.
DipFarmMgt, respected Sheep & Beef farmer, Akaroa
Tim and his wife Sara were finalists in the 2008 Lincoln University Farmer of the Year Competition and currently farm 11,000 stock units on 1,650 ha of steep hill at Banks Peninsula. He is a forward thinking farmer who has grown the family business significantly through land acquisition and production gains. He places high importance on strategy and execution, and understands the value of top quality advice and building strong working relationships.
Prominent Sheep & Beef Farmer, Southern Hawke’s Bay
Mike is an extremely forward thinking, renowned and innovative sheep, beef and cropping farmer. This has led to significant diversification of land use on his property, not the least being his venture into a large on-farm waste recycling company, BioRich. Mike is a former Director of Richmond Meats.
KPMG Global Head of Agribusiness
Ian is KPMG’s Global Head of Agribusiness and an Audit Partner based in Auckland. He provides services to clients in a range of sectors including viticulture, horticulture, pastoral agriculture and agricultural support services. He has led KPMG New Zealand’s strategic agribusiness initiative since it was launched in 2009, authoring each edition of the KPMG Agribusiness Agenda and editing the weekly Field Notes publication. In 2013, he was asked to establish and lead a global network of KPMG professionals working with clients in the agribusiness sector worldwide. Ian is a regular presenter and commentator on sector issues both in New Zealand and internationally.
Former COO Farmlands and CEO Greenmount Foods
Tom has significant COO and CEO experience. He is currently CEO at Greenmount Foods and prior to this role, the Regional Sales Director for Armajaro, one of the world’s leading suppliers of cocoa, coffee and sugar in Oceania and South East Asia. Previously Tom was GM Operations for Farmlands where, in three years, he doubled their market share. In previous executive roles, Tom has had principal responsibility for large cross-cultural teams across Asia, the Middle East and Oceania.
Farming Consultant, CEO AgFirst
James Allen is a partner in AgFirst and specialises in business planning, environmental management, farm supervision and agribusiness project work. James is currently Chairman of AgFirst NZ, a past president of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management, and a previous chairman of New Zealand Young Farmers. He was a grand finalist in the Young Farmer of the Year Contest in 1999 and again in 2002.
BA AgrSc (Hons), Chairman AgResearch
Sam farms 1,400 ha with 14,000 stock units of sheep and beef, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors. Directorships include AgResearch (Chairman) and AsureQuality. Prior to this he held directorships at AgriQuality, Centralines, PSIS, Richmond, Farmlands, AGMARDT and MAF.
Senior Sheep & Beef Farming Consultant, Director AgFirst
Phil is a director and Farm Management Consultant for AgFirst. He has over 28 years’ experience through AgFirst, MAF and MAFF UK. Phil’s clients are mostly in the Central North Island but he also works with a number of large scale operations in the South Island, ventures in Chile, beef projects in Australia and farm monitor programmes for Beef + Lamb New Zealand. Phil holds directorships in StockPlus (a joint venture with Brownrigg Agriculture, trading 25,000 stock units a year) and Farmax Ltd (along with Brownrigg Agriculture and AgResearch) as well as investments in forestry and commercial property.
MAgrSc (Hons), FNZIPM (Reg), Director Fonterra
Nicola is a Fonterra Director and Associate Professor in Farm and Agribusiness Management at Massey University. She is the DairyNZ Chair of Farm Management and has been a farmer for more than 30 years. She has vast experience in farm and agribusiness strategic management, business and risk analysis and primary industry investment. Nicola has a strategic perspective on the global dairy industry through representing New Zealand at the International Farm Comparison Network in Dairying for over 10 years.
Head of Agribusiness, Deloitte
Andrew is a member of the Institute of Directors, a farmer’s son and Partner at Deloitte Wellington. Andrew has had long-term postings in London, Poland, Russia and the Middle East. He sits on four boards, including Rural Zone, a Gen-i led initiative to assist rural New Zealand, and has worked on the strategic review of the fisheries sector in Yemen, the successful Primary Growth Partnership application for the red meat sector and the Abu Dhabi Food Safety Control Authority.
NZ Government Global Trade Envoy NZTE & Hawke’s Bay Farmer
Mike has a strong background as a farmer and company director, with experience and ongoing strategic roles in the rural, political and agribusiness sectors. Mike is currently the Chairman of Beef + Lamb New Zealand, and the New Zealand Meat Board. Alongside his day-to-day farming commitments, Mike is now in governance roles overseeing nearly 150,000 sheep and beef stock units in New Zealand.
Richard has spent over 20 years servicing rural industries and the animal health industry, including roles at Allflex, Hort Research and in the fertiliser industry. He is former Marketing Manager AgVax (the commercial arm of AgResearch) and New Zealand Manager for Fort Dodge, making him an expert in market development in prescription animal remedies and over the counter products. He is now CEO for New Zealand Veterinary Pathology.
Horticultural Consultant, Director AgFirst
Ross is Managing Director and Horticultural consultant for AgFirst and has over 20 years’ consultancy experience, backed up as a grower himself. He is one of New Zealand’s foremost horticulture and pipfruit consultants. Ross works closely with all levels of the New Zealand horticultural industry, including government, banks, pack houses, exporters and retailers, insurers and manufacturers as well as with offshore clients in Australia and Korea.
Former Chair Pipfruit NZ
Peter is a well-known figure in the pipfruit industry. He is the current CEO of Pipfruit New Zealand and Chairman of Pipfruit New Zealand Market Access Committee and is a past orchardist having managed 16 ha. Previous directorships at Alliance IPLA since 2002, Hort Research Ltd (now Plant and Food Research Ltd), Manager for AAG, a taskforce established to achieve access of New Zealand apples to Australia.
BE (Ag), Bannockburn & Marlborough Vineyard Owner
William currently owns Korohi Vineyards Ltd, a 40 ha Marlborough vineyard plus an 8 ha vineyard in Bannockburn, Central Otago. In 2002 – 2003 he was New Zealand Winegrowers Inaugural Deputy Chairman, 1999 – 2003 President and Life Member of New Zealand Grape Growers Council and 1993 – 1996 Southcorp Australia.
BAgr, Deer Farmer & Director, Central Hawke’s Bay
Angus farms 1,000 ha and is an intensive bull beef finisher. He’s held a number of senior positions in the deer industry including Chair of Deer Farmers’ Association and Chair of Richmond/Wrightson High Performance Deer Project. He is also a member of Selection & Appointment Panel to the Game Industry Board (now Deer Industry NZ). He is currently Director of Silver Fern Farms (since 2007) and Board Member of CHB Power Trust.
BVSc, NZ Veteranian, Sheep & Deer Programme Manager Focus Genetics
Richard is the Sheep & Deer Programme Manager at Focus Genetics. Prior to this he was a senior veterinarian in a 25 vet mixed veterinary business covering all of Hawke’s Bay. He has a special interest in sheep and cattle parasitology, reproduction and whole farm business systems. Richard has worked internationally with specialised reproduction programmes in the Falklands and Canada. He has held various positions on behalf of the New Zealand Veterinary Association.
B.Ag.Econ, M.Sc. (Ag Econ) Director of Dairy Research for New Zealand and Asia, Raboank
Hayley has more than 20 years experience as an agricultural economist and finance sector professional both in New Zealand and offshore. She has experience in finance, risk, business and economic analysis in global food and agribusiness, specifically focused on the dairy and meat sectors. Hayley has a reputation as a strong communicator, exercising sound judgement, and enjoys frequent interaction with a wide variety of groups and individuals from the paddock to the boardroom. She is currently Rabobank’s Director of Dairy Research, New Zealand and Asia.
Senior Dairy Farming Consultant, Director AgFirst
John has been a dairy consultant to the ag industry since 1979 as Director of national firm AgFirst. He has considerable experience in dairy conversion projects from 300 – 1,300 cows and been involved in all aspects – from feasibility and supervision to employment of staff. John is also the manager of a Māori Trust operation in excess of 6,000 cows.
BAgrSc (Hons), PhD, Feidling
Steven is considered by many to be a leader in the dairy industry having farmed in Taranaki, Whanganui and Feilding. Steven farms 488 ha, 260 ha of which are milking with the rest being young stock, grazing and maize. Steven has a number of company directorships, has been a university lecturer and was a 2004 – 2005 MAF Flood Recovery Coordinator.
Women in Agriculture
Premier calf rearer, Tirau
Joanne brings a range of experience from both the dairy and beef industries. After working up through the sharemilking system to farm ownership, she is now business manager and owner with husband Jon of Top-Notch Calves, a commercial calf rearing operation rearing 8,000 calves per annum in the Waikato. Joanne comes from a farm consulting background, has also worked as a rural bank manager, and for Korda Mentha on a large scale dairy receivership. She also consults to other private dairy and beef farmers.
BCom, MBu, Director AWDT and Sheep & Beef farmer
Hannah brings experience in business ownership, strategic decision making, marketing and general life skills. Hannah and husband Sam, a third generation sheep and beef farmer, live in Central Hawke’s Bay and won the coveted Marks and Spencer 2010 Overseas ‘Future of Farming’ award, beating stiff competition from around the globe. While at Otago University, Hannah completed her thesis looking at co-branding in New Zealand’s Wool Industry. In 2003 this was published in the Journal of Customer Behaviour.
Sheep & Beef Farmer, former Federated Farmers Chair Meat and Fibre
Jeanette is currently the chairperson for the New Zealand Agricultural Health and Safety Council, Chairperson of the Rural Communities Trust, Oceania Representative on the World Farming Organisation Womens Committee, Duty Chairperson for Rural Health Alliance Aotearoa New Zealand, a member of the Fertiliser Quality Council, a board member of Grow Mid Canterbury and has active roles in skills and education. Jeanette has been actively involved in Federated Farmers since 2005; in July 2011 she became National Chair of the Meat and Fibre Industry group and a National Board member and in doing so became the first women to hold these roles. In July 2014 Jeanette completed her term at the National board of Federated Farmers.
Beef breeder, Gisborne
Max, Hawke’s Bay born and bred, has an extensive sheep and beef background. His passion lies in both stud and commercial farming. At the recent Beef Expo, he was awarded 2012’s Allflex Future Beef Ambassador title, along with the New Zealand Angus Association trans-Tasman exchange to Australia in January. He has successfully competed in Royal Agricultural Society and A&P Shows in stock judging and handling.
Nuffield Graduate, Founder of #AgChatNZ
Sophie comes from a rural background having grown up and worked on her family sheep & beef farm near Taupo. She followed her passion for agriculture and studied Agricultural Science & Economics at Massey University graduating in 2008. She spent 4 years working at ANZ Bank as an Agri Manager in Morrinsville managing a portfolio of 60 dairy farming clients. In 2013 she won the Nuffield Farming Scholarship and travelled globally to develop leadership skills in the global agri-food environment, and investigate social media use and cloud based technology in agriculture. From this she co-founded #AgChatNZ. Sophie now currently works at Figured on Farm as their Rural Specialist.