Veterinarian, graduated Massey University, 1985. Initially 2 years in Sheep and Beef practice & 2 years OE.
I have been involved in dairy farming and dairy cattle medicine since 1989 variously as a milker, sharemilker, dairy vet and farm owner, and am passionate about the dairy industry and the wonderful opportunities it offers to young New Zealanders in each generation.
I left dairy clinical practice in 2011 to join the newly established LIC Reproduction Solutions Team. This work in the wider dairy industry involves developing solutions that help farmers understand and improve the reproductive performance of their dairy herds.
Our dairy farm business provides opportunity to participate in and learn from innovative industry projects such as the Headlands Upper Waipa Hill Country Dairy Project on sustainable dairy farming, and the Dairy Business of the Year Awards (in which we were finalists in 2013).We have actively invested time and effort in our rural community groups over the years, both school and church, as we raised our four children.
I have a particular interest in mentoring young people in the dairy farming and veterinary sectors and in promoting effective knowledge transfer to farmer groups.
Striving for continuous improvement and learning in both our dairy farm business and my veterinary career means taking every learning opportunity possible. A real strength of our industry lies in the collective knowledge and enterprise of farmers and their willingness to share that knowledge with each other.
The creative ideas and practical solutions I encounter in the dairy industry on a regular basis is inspirational. Learning and sharing our knowledge with each other is essential for the future well-being of our industry.
I still enjoy hands-on involvement on our farm, getting to spend time with the cows when I can!
Julie has been involved in the dairy industry all her life, and her family have been for many generations.
Julie attended Massey University after growing up studying agriculture, showing dairy cattle and being a member of Young Farmers.
After graduating, Julie spent 10 years as a Consulting Officer providing extension services to farmers in Otorohanga the Hauraki Plains and Coromandel areas. During this time, Julie and husband Brian, purchased their first farm.
Julie and Brian won the Hauraki Plains/Coromandel Dairy farmer of the year competition in 1997, and have maintained a highly productive and profitable business over the years.
Julie left the consulting officer service to start a family, working on the farm during this time.
Together, Brian and Julie grew their business from the initial 50 hectare dairy farm to their present operation consisting of a dairy platform and support block of 312 hectares.
This was done with financial assistance from banks only.
Julie has kept a keen interest in the dairy industry through being involved with the LIC shareholders council, helping DairyNZ by facilitating discussion groups in vacant CO areas, attending and speaking at seminars run by DairyNZ, banks and DWN.
With an industry good background it?s not surprising that Julie promotes the dairy industry whenever possible. She was integral in setting up and running the Hauraki Plains Rural show, has a website for her farm, and is active on Facebook and Twitter.
She has also had children from town on the farm doing a calf for calf club, this year 14 children were involved.
She has recently renewed her early interest in showing stock by registering the jersey content of their herd and attending A & P shows, an interest shared by her and Brian?s two daughters.
Following encouragement from Brian and the local community, Julie has recently been appointed to the Fonterra Shareholders Council.
She also continues to be involved on the school BOT, is Hauraki Plains Rural Show President, plays hockey enjoys adventure racing when fit enough, and spends the summer fishing with her family.
Julie’s passion is dairy farming, and she is looking forward to being able to contribute more in the future to encourage others into dairy farming, to promote the industry and to continue to support Brian in taking an innovative approach to challenges around environment, and sustainability in dairy farming.
Charmaine is a Chartered Accountant specialising in farm accounting, and an equity partner in a dairy farm with her brother Shayne.
She is best described as a woman with a passion for improving the profitability of the New Zealand dairy sector through strong financial, environmental, and people performance.
She is recognised as a leading Northland chartered accountant, developing her practice over 17 years with clients throughout New Zealand.
Her spare time sees her improve financial performance of the sector by involvement in projects like the development and design of the DairyBase database and a member of the inaugural Board.
In 2013, Charmaine was awarded and recognised for her outstanding achievements by becoming a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.
Demonstrating both environmental, business and people leadership for the New Zealand dairy sector drives Charmaine.
Her robust environmental stewardship and her aim to demonstrate best farming practices was recognised in 2013 alongside Shayne as the Northland Supreme Ballance Farm Environment Award winners.
This added to Charmaine’s previous success as 1993 Northland Sharemilker of the Year and the 1993 North Island AC Cameron Award.
Charmaine is has always been supportive of the industry when it comes to training and education on the business aspects of dairy farming at a national, regional and local level.
She has presented at numerous local field-days and national conferences.
Charmaine was also a member of the NZICA Primary Sector Committee for seven years. This committee represented and submitted to IRD around rural issues affecting the primary sector.
A graduate of the Agri-Women’s Developmental Trust Escalator Programme, she was so inspired by the work this organisation is doing to improve the business leadership and governance skills of our agri sector women, she joined the Board as a Trustee in 2013.
She has fostered and encouraged other dairy women to further develop their skills and provides mentoring for dairy women in this space.