Robert has been involved in the rural sector his whole working life and in real estate since 2006. He has experience as a Dairy Farm Consultant and was the lower North Island Regional Manager (Shareholder Services) at Fonterra Co-operative Group from 2000 through to 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Massey University. He has a wide network of contacts across rural industry and enjoys professionally marketing rural and lifestyle properties. Robert together with Richard Anderson formed Rural and Lifestyle in 2012

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Robert has been involved in the rural sector his whole working life and in real estate since 2006. He has experience as a Dairy Farm Consultant and was the lower North Island Regional Manager (Shareholder Services) at Fonterra Co-operative Group from 2000 through to 2006. He holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree from Massey University. He has a wide network of contacts across rural industry and enjoys professionally marketing rural and lifestyle properties. Robert together with Richard Anderson formed Rural and Lifestyle in 2012

Feilding sellers are saving Thousands!

Sellers of residential properties in Feilding are saving thousands of dollars on commission thanks to our low fixed fee of 2.2% +GST. Thinking of selling? Imagine what you could do with thousands more in your pocket compared to a sale with some of the other real estate companies. Perhaps you could: buy a new lounge […]

M.Bovis on steroids

I think the whole country is now starting to have a greater appreciation what the “victims” of M.Bovis infection must have been going through this past couple of years. Only they were the ones isolated, now it’s the whole country learning how to deal with a minute, difficult to find invader. Keep safe everyone. And […]

It’s a race to $10

Lamb, beef and dairy prices are all approaching all time highs. It seems one or more of these could hit $10/kg before too long. Who will get there first? Current Leader board looks like: Lamb $9.00 Dairy  $7.50 Beef  $6.20  (295-320 kg CC) Comments While Beef prices are trailing in third spot, they could be […]

Hill country – backbone of the Manawatu economy

The  hill country between Feilding and Taihape carries a huge number of breeding cows and ewes, filling the Feilding saleyards week after week. Good returns for Lamb ($8/kg+) and Beef ($6+) have boosted confidence and this is seen by the amount of new fencing underway and fertiliser making it’s way back into the budget. Richard […]

Time to buy an farm?

Is it time to secure your future and  get into farm ownership? Record low interest rates, good demand for milk and meat, and land prices that aren’t sky-rocketing out of control are all in favour of buyers. Maybe 2019/20 is your time to get serous about buying a farm? The Stuff article below profiles a […]

No “active” M.Bovis properties in Waikato and Manawatu

The latest report from MPI records that Nationally, the number of Active properties as at 31 May 2019 is 43. None of these are located in Manawatu or Waikato regions. All Active properties are under quarantine controls. These controls restrict the movement of stock and equipment on and off those farms to contain the disease. […]

Should you build or buy existing?

With a shortage of lifestyle property on the market, the competition for existing properties is quite strong. Have you considered building instead? The price gap between an existing lifestyle property with an established house and a new build may not be as much as you think. A new house today comes with many new technologies […]

Latest Waikato Listing

Dave and Steve have listed a tidy and productive 38 hectare farm at Roto-O-Rangi, about 15km from Te Awamutu towards Cambridge. It’s an ex-dairy farm, with the dairy shed converted for calf rearing. The next owner could use for dairy support, growing maize or rear calves and raise bull beef. See the video flyover Here […]

Drainage has multiple benefits

The  benefits of farm drainage from a Massey University trial were summarised as: 25% better utilisation in winter months Annual Pasture Utilisation goes from 76% to 82% Pasture growth increase by 30% from July to December An extra 15% pasture growth per annum Days that the soil is un-grazable due to pugging risk decreased from […]

Unique Manawatu wetland and wildlife refuge

Around 27 years ago this 4.55 hectares near Opiki was purchased as bareland  – well most of it was wetland formed from an old oxbow of the nearby Manawatu River. In the intervening years the owners extensively planted the perimeters of the wetland with hundreds of plants and it is now a truly unique lifestyle […]

Such friendly Jersey heifers!

First up I should confess I have a fondness for Jersey cattle. My grandmother milked Jerseys in the Bay of Plenty a long time back, and the first cow I ever milked was Jersey, from a 100 cow stud at Omokoroa in the late 1970’s. Earlier this week I was out getting some photos of […]

Plant to Plate

We were the main sponsor at a the Feilding Promotion business house golf tournament last week. And as such we had the privilege of nominating where profits from the day would be donated to. We chose Plant to Plate Aotearoa, a local group that does amazing things in our school communities. They provide a team […]

$11 per kilogram is here

Dairy farmers may be feeling a bit dull but deer farmers are smiling big time. Latest schedule is $11/kg. Now wouldn’t that price point excite the dairy industry? The good feed conversion efficiency by deer to venison should realistically be seeing a flood of ‘conversions’. But they are a different animal to farm and not […]

It’s become harder for overseas buyers of residential or lifestyle property

From 22 October 2018 every purchaser of residential or lifestyle property-  with or without a house – will be required to complete a Residential Land Statement advising whether they need Overseas Investment Office (OIO) approval to buy the land. The purchasers lawyer will usually be the one to file this Statement prior to settlement. However […]

NZ Farm Price Trends

REINZ have recently updated their farm price index and dairy farm price index as graphed below. It shows the overall FPI steadily rising since 1996. Dairy farm prices, after a big surge in 207-2009, declined significantly on the back of the GF crisis. A brief flurry in 2015, and a slight decline in the last […]

Buying a bare lifestyle section?

Buying a bare lifestyle section can be an affordable entry point for first-time lifestyle block owners. However, buying that slice of rural paradise isn’t the same as a property in town. Here are a few tips to help you spot the differences and guide you along the way: 1. Land covenants and planning issues Some […]

One Plan update and Nitrogen leaching

I attended an update by Horizons earlier this week about Proposed Plan 2 of the One Plan, and specifically a technical update to the vexed One Plan Table 14.2 which set out the cumulative nitrogen leaching maximums for the various Land Use Classes. One Plan N-leaching limits were calculated using Overseer 2007. Since that date […]

Demand for Lifestyle property is strong

Interest in lifestyle property and small farms in the Lower North Island over the Winter period remains high and the shortage of listings has been working to the favour of sellers. Palmerston North house prices have recently hit a new average high of $390,000 and as this is where many lifestyle buyers are coming from, […]

What is your farm or lifestyle property worth?

Curious about what your lifestyle property or farm maybe worth in the currently strong market? Contact one of our experienced Rural and Lifestyle Sales team members today for a detailed, no-obligation consultation We sell Lifestyle properties and Farms everywhere (14)

Yes, Winter can be a great time to sell!

Lifestyle properties are in short supply, and while winter months can be harder to prepare a place for sale,  there are plenty of buyers waiting for the next property to become available. If you have been thinking of selling your lifestyle property, now can be a great time to gain maximum attention from a strong pool of […]

Dairy Runoff: Do I need a Land Use Consent

Within the Manawatu Whanganui Region the One Plan requires some farming activities to have a Land Use Consent for intensive farming operations. How does this affect dairy farmers considering purchasing a property to use as a dairy runoff? See the One Plan Consent Landuse-Flowchart In summary from the Flowchart: 1. No Land Use consent is needed […]

Big range in Fonterra forecast Dairy Payout

On 23 May 2019 the Fonterra Board amended the 2018/19 season forecast Farmgate Milk Price  to $6.30-6.40 per kgMS and slightly increased the dividend range to 20-25 cents/share, bringing the total forecast cash payout to around $6.55 per kgMS – the  highest payout since 2014 The Co-op also announced a 2019/20 opening season forecast Farmgate […]

Bilbar Lodge SOLD today for $1,730,000

Bilbar Lodge, an attractive 29.3ha Kairanga silt loam farmlet, 16km from Palmerston North, sold at Auction on 3rd May. For a while it looked like it was going to be a one-bidder show, but once Auctioneer David Cotton announced the property exceeded the Reserve price and was going to be sold, a new bidder made […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]