Andrew is a consultant with AgFirst Northland, joining the team in February 2021.
Andrew has 8 years of professional agribusiness experience (5 in Northland) though varying roles that include Managing farms, Rural banking and Farm risk-management advice. His mix of hands-on experience and financial knowledge enables him to be able to relate to farmers across the board, from farm managers to corporate directors and shareholders. Andrew was raised on sheep & beef farms in the Manawatu and spent some time involved within agribusiness in the Bay Of Plenty but now calls Northland home.
-Bachelor Agri Commerce – Massey University
-Kellogg’s Rural Leadership Programme 2021
-BOP Focus On Dairy Committee
-NZ Dairy Industry Awards Judge – Northland Sharemilker
-Member New Zealand Institute Primary Industries Management
Ngawhitu Farm, Beef Operation Manager 2020 – 2021
Hands on farm manager running a 450ha intensive bull finishing and dairy replacement operation which ran in conjunction with a 600-cow dairy operation in the Far North. Analysis of feed management, animal health, key infrastructure planning and development, staff management and financial budgeting.
Agribusiness Manager, Rabobank BOP 2017 – 2019
Managed a large and complex portfolio of farmers and growers. Detailed analysis of budgeting and cashflow requirements ranging from dairy, sheep and beef to large-scale greenfield kiwifruit development and existing orchards in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
Agribusiness Manager, Westpac Northland 2015 – 2017
Managed a portfolio of farmers and growers in the mid-north with a key emphasis on budgeting and financial management during consecutive drought years. Working closely with farm business to monitor cost control and profitability. Proposals for land purchase and opportunity analysis.
Andrew uses a range of technologies, including FARMAX, Cash Manager, Xero & Figured and FarmIQ, to ensure you are farming for sustainable profit.
Andrew can assist your business with:
-Creating and analysing feed and financial budgets
-Partial and Full Land Use Change and Opportunity analysis
-Financial Proposals for land purchase and Banking Requirements
-Farm Systems Monitoring – a tool that provides dairy farmers with up-to-date information about the performance of their own farm business and benchmarking against industry
Farm systems analysis – FARMAX analysis of system changes to identify the most profitable option
-Whole Farm Assessments
-Pasture and body condition score assessments