Dairy, Sheep & Beef, Agribusiness Consultant, Director

John has been a practicing Farm Management Consultant in the Waikato region since 1979.  His field of work covers all aspects of dairy, sheep and beef farm businesses.  John has specialised in :

  • Rural Governance
    • Advisory Board
    • Strategic Planning
  • Supervision of dairy, sheep and beef farms
  • Dairy Conversion – preanalysis, development and ongoing management.
  • Equity Farm  partnerships – dairying, feasibility analysis, planning and management.
  • Farm Contracts
    • Family Lease
    • 50/50 Sharemilking
    • Employment Contracts
    • Mediation
  • Financial Planning
    • Cash management
    • Farm succession
    • Reporting
  • Farm Receivership Management

John’s singular focus is to help his clients grow their business in a sustainable and profitable way.


  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science – Massey University, 1977
  • Senior Registered Farm Management Consultant
  • Member of NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management
  • Member of the NZ Institute of Directors

Career History
2002 – Current:  Agricultural Consultant, AgFirst Waikato

  • One to one farm management consultancy
  • Property supervision for absentee owners
  • Management of Wairarapa Moana Farms (7500 cows)
  • Review of farm investment prospectuses
  • Labour and sharemilker recruitment
  • Compensation for construction of electricity pylons on farm
  • Farm dispute resolution

1997 – 2002:  Regional Manager, Ag New Zealand Consultancy

  • Managed Waikato consultancy group
  • Provided farm management advice to dairy, sheep, beef, deer and goat farmers
  • Ran courses on financial management
  • Convened Waikato farm of the year competition

1979 – 1997:  Farm Advisory Office/MAF, Ag New Zealand Consultancy

  • Provided advice to farmers across all aspects of farming
  • Organised and ran dairy extension groups
  • Organised and ran many seminars, field days and farmer conferences

Have worked on farms in the North and South Islands – sheep, beef and dairy.