Dairy, Environmental, Fert Advice, Nutrient Management, Sheep & Beef, Agricultural Consultant

With over 15 years’ experience in Northland’s rural industry, Neil joined the AgFirst Northland team in June 2020.

He is passionate about supporting farming businesses to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

His career to date has covered all areas of pastoral agribusiness in Northland including dairy, sheep, beef and environmental management.

Neil has strong knowledge of the relationship between primary production, profitability and the practical mitigation strategies needed for farmers to reduce their impact. Neil’s background has allowed him to build an extensive knowledge of the region’s pests, pastures, climate and soils.

“Farming is now a busy space which will significantly benefit from quality, integrated advice to maximise the opportunities that are in front of us”.

Career History:
2015 – 2020 Area Manager, Fonterra Co-Operative Group Ltd
NZ Dairy Industry Awards Committee Member
2010 – 2015 Senior Field Consultant (Northland), Ballance Agri-Nutrients
Ballance Farm Environment Awards – Judge and Committee member
Involvement with Ahuwhenua Trophy and Federation of Maori Authorities
2005 – 2010 Technical Sales Representative (Far North), Ballance Agri-Nutrients
Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management – Massey University
Sustainable Nutrient Management – Massey University

General:
Member of NZ Institute of Primary Industry Management
Certified Nutrient Management Advisor
Board Member – Kokopu School
Impact Coach – Springboard Trust
Working alongside school principals, contributing cross-sector expertise to enhance strategic leadership competency