Travis has grown up on a 330 ha hill country farm southwest of Taumarunui, focusing on sheep genetics, beef breeding and forestry.
He has extensive experience in hill country sustainable land use. His knowledge has derived from completing a Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Agriculture while working on the family property and on a breeding/finishing station near lake Taupo when available. He then earned a scholarship from Horizons Regional Council which allowed him the opportunity to work as an Environmental Management Officer, based in Whanganui.
Following a short stint in Canada working in forestry amongst the mountains, he returned to the home farm to take over stock management. Alongside his parents and partner Julie, he has developed the property into a diverse enterprise, ranging from ram breeding to jet boat tours. He has focused on farm efficiencies to allow for off farm ventures and interests.
With a desire to develop further, he completed a certificate in Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management and is keen to continue developing his knowledge base.
He brings practical hands-on experience to AgFirst which is a requirement to help farmers in his area achieve their environmental and agricultural goals and assist as they navigate through complex environmental policies.
- Bachelor of Applied Science, majoring in Agriculture – Massey University
- Certificate in Advanced Nutrient Management – Massey University
- Coopworth Genetics board member.
- Whanganui River Catchment Collective board member
- FENZ volunteer – Kirikau brigade
- Taumarunui Sustainable Land Management (TSLM) group member