Sheep & Beef, Agribusiness Consultant

Nicola joined AgFirst Otago as an Agribusiness Consultant in 2010.  Nicola holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with First Class Honours and was awarded the Leading Graduate for Agriculture and Horticulture in 2008. Nicola comes from a high country merino farming background and prior to joining AgFirst she worked in Australia on a renowned merino stud breeding property.  Nicola enjoys the challenges of consulting and has a passion for the Central Otago region.

Key Skills

  • Sheep and beef farm production systems, including high country merino systems.
  • Facilitation work, including field days, workshops and discussion groups.
  • Farmax registered consultant.
  • Fonterra-approved DDT soil testing services.
  • Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management.
  • Certificate in Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Mitigation and Accounting.

 Key Projects

  • B+LNZ Central Otago Farming for Profit Programme.
  • B+LNZ West Otago Farming for Profit Programme.
  • B+LNZ South Otago Farming for Profit Programme.
  • B+LNZ Land and Environment Planning workshops.
  • Managing Farm Businesses in a Changing Climate – workshops for rural professionals and farmers.
  • Ministry for Primary Industries Policy Agent for Central Otago.
  • Horticulture research projects.
  • Farm systems workshops for regional council staff.