Rob was born on a Sheep and Beef farm in the Wanganui hill country. All his life he has been in the environment he's passionate about: farming families and their land.
After finishing at Nelson College in 1985, I completed a Bachelor of Agriculture at Massey University. Following the rugby bug, I spent a total of 5 years in the UK, where I met my wife Tina.
Upon our return from the UK, I settled down on one of the family farms. During the beef downturn in the early 1990's, I was offered a job by BOP Fertiliser (now Ballance) as Technical Representative in the Huntly region. This was ideally suited to what I wanted to do. I spent hours on farms learning farm systems and applying the knowledge I learned to assist the farmers I visited.
I liked the area so much, I brought a farm there! Our 142-ha sheep and beef property at Te Akau is where Tina and I presently bring up our three daughters. I also farm 570 ha in Partnership, and chair the Board of our 220,000kgMS Otago Equity partnership.
I moved into Key Account management with Ballance which exposed me to the heart of the King Country. Subsequently I moved to Rabobank for 5 years as a Finance Manager. Over this period, I completed a Kellogg Scholar and gained my Masters Degree majoring in Agribusiness. My dissertation subject in 2007 was Maori Land & Raising of Finance- Background, issues and analysis?
I also have completed the Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management Course through Massey University which allows me to complete advanced Nutrient Management plans in Overseer. I also am qualified to present and facilitate both land and Environment Plan workshops and farm Environment Plan workshops for Beef + Lamb NZ. To date I have completed over 120 of these throughout the Auckland, Waikato and Bay of Plenty areas.
I also am a qualified Red Meat Profit Partnership facilitator, enabling me to facilitate currently 6 RMPP Action Networks.
Outside of work I have been a Chairman of the Mid Northern Sheep and Beef Council (Farmers Council), Chair the Te Akau Waingaro Community Complex and Waingaro School. I spend a lot of my time ferrying my three daughters to numerous sporting events and follow Te Akau rugby with fellow selectors advising refs from time to time.
Being involved with Total Ag Limited allows me to satisfy my passion to help and assist farmers at a real grassroots level. My satisfaction will be seeing the positive outcomes for the families we become involved with.Send Email
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