Robert has been involved in the rural sector his whole working life. This includes as a Farm Consultant, specialising in dairy and as Regional Manager Shareholder Services for Fonterra Co-operative Group from 2000 through to 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Massey University. With a wide network of contacts across rural industry, he is well positioned to professionally profile rural properties. Since Robert entered the real estate industry in 2006 he has been involved in the transaction of over $150 million of real estate.

Print media vs Internet advertising

 Vendors are often asked to consider investing in  a print media campaign alongside other ways of promoting such as the roadside sign and the internet. It’s not a cheap exercise – compared to some internet options – so why persist with print media? Here’s a few thoughts to ponder. Some forms of the print media […]

Elbow grease in short supply

We have recently listed a couple of lifestyle properties that can best be described do-uppers. They are ready for a bit of paint, paper, imagination and flair to restore them to properties to be proud of. It’s a perhaps an ironic observation, but with the advent of the very popular TV programs showing people renovating […]

Learn the Lifestyle

Are you new to a lifestyle block or at the stage of looking to move to one? If it’s larger than a few acres then you will need to know more than just how to drive the ride-on lawn mower. Massey University Farm Services are running a Lifestyle Seminar on 1st March in Palmerston North […]

If you’re not a farmer why should you care about farmers?

The last few weeks has seen an Us vs Them scenario play out in the media between urban dwellers and the rural community. From what we read you would think farmers have never cared about rivers, environment or the wider community…no detailed reporting on the huge investments made, voluntarily, of fencing off waterways, planting thousands […]

Greenhouse gases and dairying – what I learned today

I attended  the GHG 101 Roadshow by DairyNZ and AgResearch this week and came away much more informed – and less alarmed – about the impacts for dairying, given  NZ has signed up to a target of reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below the 2005 levels by 2030. Regardless of what camp you […]

Is it decision time?

There comes a time for everyone on the land to ask themselves this question  “Is it time to Sell?” You may be asking yourself what’s my property worth these days? Changes within the family or employees may mean it’s opportune to consider a change Waiting for the kids to show an interest in the farm…maybe […]

Dairy Payout – it’s a now a 7!

The latest Global Dairy Trade auction saw a further small rise in whole milk powder price to around $US 3114/tonne. This follows two small decreases and has seen Fonterra upgrade 2017/18 milk price forecast for the season to $6.75/kg plus about 45-55 cents dividend per shareon shares = total farmgate payout of $7.20-7.30 The graph below […]

New in Waikato – Ruralandlifestylesales!

If you have been driving in and around the Waikato recently you may have come across some of our For Sale signs. You are about to see a lot more of them in the Spring with four new salespeople now on the ground. Left to Right in the pic below: Kate Scott arrived in the […]

Meth contaminated properties – new standards agreed

On: 29 June 2017 Standards New Zealand has today released NZS 8510:2017 Testing and decontamination of methamphetamine contaminated properties, which will provide industry guidance on good practice methods in the testing and clean-up of methamphetamine contamination in houses. “Standards New Zealand is pleased to release this highly anticipated standard that will address public concern on […]

Nothing ever sells in the Winter – Yeah Right!

Another busy week with FOUR Rural and Lifestyle sales this week and a couple more under contract. Bareland lots have been particularly well sought after.  Greens Rd, Turitea: 15.84 hectare block of 25 year pine trees, marketed and SOLD by Gordy Lot 3 Oranga Lane, Feilding: a premier 3559m2 section, fully serviced, marketed and SOLD […]

Rural and Lifestyle Property in Strong demand

The Rural and Lifestyle Sales team trust you have had a chance to recharge your batteries over the Christmas/New year period and are now enjoying a great start to 2017. Most of our team got away for a bit of a break but we have certainly been kept busy early in the new year. We […]

Gordy dons a green shirt

Manawatu’s well known Lifestyle Salesperson, Gordon Brooker, has recently joined our team. We are delighted to have him on board. Gordy has sold  lifestyle property in the Manawatu over the past 19 years. What he doesn’t know about lifestyle property isn’t worth knowing! You may also recognise Gordy from his twenty years of organising the […]

Manawatu offers best value dairying

A recent report from Quotable Value compared the ratio of dairy farm sales to payout for 2015. Based on a Payout of $4.93/kg milksolids, Manawatu showed out as one of the better value places to be milking cows. Taranaki was a multiple of 12.8 times payout National average was 6.5 Manawatu at an average production […]

What’s my lifestyle property worth?

Manawatu/Wanganui people are seeking a country lifestyle in ever increasing numbers. Since January this year, the number of lifestyle properties sold  month on month relative to the previous three years has been shown a steady increase. The charts here REINZ lifestyle June 2016 sales report  displays data from REINZ reported sales across four years with […]

Dairying by The Numbers

Did you know there are 220,020 dairy cows in the Manawatu region? (Takes in Wanganui –  Rangitikei – Tararua – Manawatu – Horowhenua) 1642   on-farm employees 555     dairy farms 396     cows per farm 395     kg milksolids produced per cow 144      hectares per farm 87      million […]

What happens to farm value when you drop stocking rate?

Some are worried that by producing less milk will devalue the farm. Our experience says no. Farm value is driven by its location, soil types, pasture performance and physical improvements. Sure your production is a part reflection of these. But it also reflects different management styles. When it comes to selling a farm, we are […]

Its going to be Fine!

Whew. The weather forecast for the next week looks a lot better than what we have just had. Less rain. Less hail. The screenshot below is from the website It is a Norwegian based weather site, but with wind farm interests in NZ, they do seem more accurate most times than locally bred stuff.

Properties DO SELL in the Winter

We don’t get to take an extended break over the winter period – there is simply too much real estate to be done over these colder, wetter months. Properties of all description can and do sell between June and August. We’ve sold dairy farms two weeks before calving, hill country farms in the middle of […]

Perks of working/living in the country…

…fresh from the paddocks out near Sanson. A few days of warmth after the cold snap last week has seen mushrooms flourishing. Yum.

Hows your Lifestyle Going?

More and more New Zealanders are choosing to make their home in a relaxed rural spot.  While for many it is simply all about having more space, rather than livestock farming, for others it is chance to live off the land.  The wonderful thing about New Zealand is that a country lifestyle can often be […]

The best time to sell a farm is…

If you ask many people they will probably say Spring is best. The farm looks green, lambs and calves add to a pleasant feel. Gives the buyers a warm and fuzzy feeling perhaps? My own experience is farms can sell any time of the year. I’ve sold dairy farms 2 weeks before calving or even […]

Thank you country style

Had a meeting with a rural client this week to talk about future plans for the family owned business and where we may be able to assist. Followng the meeting they showed their appreciation with a little gift – now some residential agents get bottles of wine or possibly flowers as a thankyou. Our gift was however […]

A touch of nature

After our Open Farm at a 134ha  Kiwitea dairy farm we came across this kereru, a regular visitor to the garden for the past 10 years or so. Richard was able to handfeed it a few nuts. It is one of a pair that have been frequenting the property for many years, often waiting for […]

Just for a laugh

Dug out my Fred Dagg DVD the other day and had a bit of a laugh over a few of his skits from around 1975. One had Fred trying to explain why his political party failed to get enough votes to win a seat and why he was refusing to concede …sounds a bit like […]

OPEN FARMS this week

11am Wednesday 15 & 22 October  at 1356 Santoft Rd, Bulls. This 74ha (185 acre) dairy farm is a great place to begin your farm ownership. Includes a compliant 10-aside dairy shed and three bedroom home. Continue milking or perhaps consider it as a beef unit/calf rearing unit or as dairy support. Close to the coast […]

Absolutely Positively Dairy

Payout signal maybe a bit light at the moment, but the long term future of dairy farming in NZ has had some great shots in the arm of late: Open Country dairy to double size of the Wanganui milk powder drying capacity – great news for Wanganui jobs too Fonterra upgrade at Pahiatua is well […]

Dairy Farm Sales follow a NORMAL Seasonal Pattern

The graph below displays the number of dairy farm sales per month over the past three seasons (1 August to 31 July). Two quick take home messages from this: 1.  The pattern of sales over the last three years is a bit like the pasture growth curve. Just like winter grass growth, dairy farm sales are not […]

Sprucing the place up.. nearly Spring

With Spring around the corner, calving over half way on most dairy farms and lambing just starting, if you were thinking of selling your property this season, it will pay to start giving things a spruce up now. First impressions count heavily – which for a farm of lifestyle property starts with the “street appeal”. […]

What we do on a frosty morning to keep warm

Richard placing the SOLD sticker on a 47 hectare heifer grazing property at Jeffersons Line, Marton –  can’t think of a better why way to “warm” us up for the day. Meanwhile fresh snow on Mt Ruapehu in the distance looked very inviting this morning.  If some of your staff have phoned in sick today, […]

Dairy Payouts Graphed

We have just updated our chart that graphs dairy payout since 1999 through to this seasons forecast. To be able to compare payouts across the years we have added milk price and share dividend together – as it is only quite recently that these were unbundled.  While the current milk price forecast from Fonterra is […]

After Winter there will be Spring

Richard and I were out appraising a new farm this morning – 22 July – and while we went prepared with an extra layer of clothing, we could have done with an electric blanket too! We left Feilding at  a balmy 4 degrees and arrived at our destination welcomed by 1 degree on the gauge […]

Negative Pasture Growth at Massey

On 21st June Rob was the Meeting Manager for the NZ Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs held at Massey University, Palmerston North. This saw around 1000 Year 9 – Year 13 students from as far afiled as Whangarei and Dunedin scramble around firstly the Rugby Institute sportsfields and then part of No. 1 Dairy Farm. […]

Hill Country, bike helmets and Horizons

Richard and I recently attended the Manawatu field day on Justin and Mary Vennells farm, winners of this years Ballance Environmental award for hill country, situated near Rewa in the northern Manawatu. A great day out with some good learning on how they have been improving the farms bottom line with hill country cropping (spray […]

The age old problem

I’ve been getting acquainted with Claire over the past few weeks. Before you give May a call and alert her to the “other” woman in my life, Claire is a physio and my lower back has been welcoming her attention and skill. My wife reminds me all too often that I’m not getting any younger […]

Our New Premises

Earlier in the year we moved into our new premises at 56 Stafford St, Feilding. We are easy to find, being right next door McDonalds in Feilding.  We are enjoying the improved profile that this location provides. The office is now fully functional with signwriting recently completed on the outside by Capture Signs (happy to recommend these […]