Dairy, Agribusiness Consultant, Director

Kim has been practising as a dairy farm business consultant in Northland since 1990. In 2014 she merged her dairy consultancy business with AgFirst Northland, in a move to form an agricultural consultancy business which covers all areas of pastoral agribusiness in Northland, including dairy, sheep and beef, and environmental management. She collaborates with others in the team on a range of projects, as well as providing individual advice to clients. She specialises in contract negotiations and dispute resolution.

She is also a founding Trustee of the Northland Dairy Development Trust which began in 2007 to facilitate and coordinate pastoral research in Northland. She is well known in Northland for her intimate knowledge of the region’s unique soils, pastures and climate, and her objective honest approach.

CAREER HISTORY

2014 – Agricultural Consultant, AgFirst Northland
• One to one Farm Management Consultancy
• Preparation and review of farm business plans
• Labour and Sharemilker Recruitment
• Farm Dispute Resolution
• Financial Assessment and Stressed Business Management
• NDDT Research and Website Coordinator

2001 – 2014 Managing Director, Northland Farm Consultancy
• Provided farm and financial management advice to dairy farmers
• Helped set up the research organisation, Northland Dairy Development Trust
• Judged Northland Farm Business Awards
• Wrote training material for AgITO

1990 – 2001 Consulting Officer and Farmwise Consultant, NZ Dairy Board/LIC
• Organised and ran dairy extension groups
• Organised and ran many seminars, field days and farmer conferences
• Individual dairy farm consultancy

QUALIFICATIONS
• Bachelor of Agricultural Science, 1st class hons Massey University, 1987
• Member of NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management
• Certified BCS Assessor
• DairyNZ Governance Course
• Mark and Measure, In-Calf

KEY SKILLS
• Succession Planning and Governance
• Financial management and planning
• Dispute Resolution
• Sharemilking Contracts and Labour Structure
• Dairy Equity Partnerships
• Farm Business Reviews, Business Planning
• Dairy Farm Management Advice
• Research and Extension Coordination
• Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

PUBLISHED WORK
• Northland Dairy Development Trust
• Massey Dairy Farmers Conference

GENERAL
Shareholder in large dairy farm at Okaihau, Northland.
Previous shareholder in dairy farms in Canterbury and Missouri, USA