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 […]


Some people we have been dealing with of late might wondered why Richard and I have had the odd bit of sawdust in our hair or paint on our hands – it’s all to do with our moonlighting job as builders and decorators. Shortly we will be moving from our current location in Weld St […]

Can’t beat a good walk

Now anyone who knows me won’t be surprised that I recommend a good walk (or run) for health, but I also receommend a walk when viewing property to purchase. You can simply see so much more than you can from the speed and comfort of a ute or the back of a quad.It’s not rocket […]

Good news for cows

  Couple of bits of good news this week: 1) It rained 2) Latest Global Dairy auction up a further 14.8%, off the back of another double digit increase a fortnight earlier So with pasture growth hopefully recovering at your place, and the trend of dairy price higher for NEXT season, what are you doing […]

Sunshine, the two-edged sword

With the next week or so forecast as wall to wall sunshine it’s not really the best of news for most farmers. However for well established maize and grain crops it could be just the ticket for grain filling and a top yield. And on the social side, a trip to the beach or a […]

Our Tender box gets its first use!

The “red flag” went up on our Tender box this week, with Tenders received for the 6 hectare lifestyle property at 32 Cage Rd, Mangaweka. Pictured is Richard getting ready to take the Tender box out to our client to open the Tenders. We look forward to making good use of the box later this […]

The office is Open !

We moved in to our offices at the Agri-Business Centre on Weld St, Feilding last Monday (8th Oct), so it’s been a bit all go for the week. telephones to connect, printer and photopier to setup, internet to get working, desks and tables and chairs to get moved. We’ve enjoyed getting to know the other […]

$180 billion spend up

  Richard and I recently attended a couple of bank sponsored meetings where their in-house economists were presenting a view on the next few years. One thing that captured my attention was Dominic Stephens from Westpac noting that earlier this month the Chinese Government had just approved a massive $180 billion worth of new internal […]