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Sam Williams, B.Agr.Sc (Hons), ASNM, Dairy Consultant

Sam is from a farming background with experience in dairying, sheep, beef, deer and technosystem bulls. After graduating from Lincoln University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with First Class Honours (with a focus on diet selection in sheep), Sam moved into a consultancy role focusing on dairy systems encompassing business management, animal nutrition and farm management. Undertaking postgraduate study in Sustainable Nutrient Management and Effluent System Design has given a renewed interest in ensuring that farm systems are not only profitable but also efficient in their use of nutrients and other resources. All farm systems have the opportunity to efficiently utilise the resources available to them and increase profitability. Using our range of tools and experience, we are able to help our clients continue to improve their farm system with the aim to minimise the footprint and optimise profit.

Katrina Roberts, Dairy Consultant BAnSci (Hons), BVSci (Hons), MVS Epi Intermediate SNM

Katrina graduated from Melbourne University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Vet Science and Animal Science and has completed her Masters Degree in Vet Science in Epidemiology at Massey, with research in the area of heifer mastitis.

Having worked in clinical dairy practice at Anexa Animal Health in the Waikato for ~ 5 years, Katrina took on a new role as Herd Health veterinarian for the business. This role was an advisory position in the areas of herd-level milk quality, reproduction and lameness. Her reproductive advisory work utilized DairyNZ’s InCalf programme in conjunction with data analysis skills she developed through her Masters qualifications. She moved into the Headlands team 8 years ago with the aim of providing a more holistic set of skills to the farmers she was working alongside including; financial, environmental and whole farm systems consultancy. Katrina was a consultant with the Matamata-Piako MP3 project in 2015-2018 and has undertaken the intermediate nutrient management course and training in Dairy NZs sustainable milk plans. She is keen to challenge her farmers to do things better and when is isn’t doing this she is spending time with her husband and 3 daughters in the Peria hills.

Trish McIntosh, BVSc. (Massey), MAVCSc., Dairy Consultant

Trish has been based in Culverden, working for North Canterbury Clinics for 11 years as a mixed practice Veterinarian with a predominantly dairy workload. Prior to this she worked in the UK and Bay of Plenty. Having a strong farming background, she has always had a keen interest in nutrition and profitable farming systems.

Paul Martin, BVsc. BSc, PG Dip. Alp. Sci., Dairy Consultant

Paul studied agriculture prior to becoming a vet, and works as an Intelact Consultant in Northland, as well as in the Franklin area. He thrives on working closely with his clients to help them maximise their production and profitability. Paul is a practical, down to earth person and takes this approach to his consulting. He lives on a family farm in the Whangarei District, running drystock and growing avocados. He can normally be found working somewhere on the farm in his spare time, or tending his beehives.

Charlene Christensen, BVsc., Dairy Consultant

Charlene graduated from Massey University in 2010 and worked in the Hawke's Bay initially after vet school. She has made the transition into consultancy after practicing in a busy mixed practice clinic in the Horowhenua since then. Being married to a dairy farmer, and involved in farming from a young age, the promotion of animal health has been a large driver and an area of interest. Of particular interest is subclinical acidosis and the role on herd production.

Outside of practice, Charlene has a young family to keep her busy, and enjoys carpentry and getting outside in her spare time.

Richard Syme, B.Comm, MBA, Dairy Consultant

In addition to farm business consulting, Richard and his wife Davina, have been dairy farming in their own right for the past 15 years. During this time Richard also spent 5 years as the CEO of Hopkins Farming Group, a large-scale dairy farming business based in the Manawatu.

From a diverse background ranging from family business to corporate structures and being an owner operator to running large teams, he has a track record of success and offers clients a wide skillset that is firmly based on practical experience.

This practical experience is backed up with a focus on further learning. He has an undergraduate degree from Lincoln University, an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, has completed both the Fonterra and DairyNZ Rural Governance Development Programs. He is accredited with the DairyNZ Body Condition Score Assessor programme and has successfully completed the Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management program run through Massey University.

While he has strong belief in the value traditionally provided by farm consultants in supporting clients with seasonal tactical decision making to optimise profit, his desire is to extend this to a ‘whole of business approach’. He sees significant value for clients having greater clarity around their purpose, strategy, financial goals, people and business planning processes. The end result seeing farm owners being in control (and feeling more in control) of successful businesses that are sustainable and meeting their aspirations.

Bruce Thomas, B.Agr Sc, C.P.Ag. Dairy Consultant

After gaining his degree Bruce initially worked as a MAF consultant prior to moving through the ranks of sharemilking to farm ownership. Since 1995 Bruce has overseen the management of his dairy farm as well as consulting full time with Intelact / Headlands.

Angus Drummond, Headlands Australia, Accredited Consultant

Angus has been involved in agriculture for 29 years in both South Africa and Australia.  His experience in South Africa includes managing dairy and vegetable farms, working as an area manager for Omnia Fertiliser and as a consultant to the dairy sector.  In 2007, Angus emigrated to Australia with his family and now consults in South West Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.  His consulting is systems-based with a focus on developing profitable, lower-cost pasture-based farms.

Chris Pyke, BVSc. Dairy Consultant

Chris grew up with animals in his blood, with his father being both a Vet and a farmer. After becoming a Vet himself he worked in clinical practice in Cambridge, mostly with dairy cows but also developed a special interest in calf-rearing and live animal export. He soon started looking at how things could be done to prevent animal health problems on farm and became interested in "the whole farm approach" This led to him joining Intelact in 1995, and Chris has operated as a farm consultant ever since, servicing clients in the Cambridge District, and throughout the Waikato. He has also been involved in, and been on the boards of a number of equity farm partnerships.

Chris is currently a Director of Intelact and King Country Partnership (a dairy goat farm). He is passionate about Dairy farming, both cows, and recently goats, and helping his clients become more profitable and sustainable and capturing the potential in their businesses.

Karl Jeffery, B. Appl Sci, Dip Appl Sci. Dairy Consultant

Karl graduated from Massey University after completing his Diploma dissertation on high input dairy systems and joined Intelact in 1997. Combining practical dairy farming experience with strong technical skills, Karl specialises in dairy systems analysis.

Margaret Perry, Dairy Consultant / Veterinarian.

Margaret grew up in Upstate New York, where her family owns and operates a dairy farm. She graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and spent 5 years working in central California as a production veterinarian on large-scale commercial dairy operations, beef ranches and horse farms. Margaret moved to New Zealand in 2012 where she has been working in dairy practice with Anexa FVC. Her main interest is reproductive management and advisory work. She is a qualified InCalf consultant and is accredited with the DairyNZ Body Condition Score Assessor programme.

Geert Gelling DVM, Dairy Consultant

Geert graduated in 1983 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After graduation he worked in several mixed practices, focusing on dairy animal health and production. Realizing the importance of nutrition he developed a strong interest in dairy and ruminant nutrition. Balancing rations and feeding to support production levels were cornerstones in rationing high input systems and TMR systems in Europe. Combining that knowledge with New Zealand pasture based production systems is interesting and challenging. Geert trained as an Intelact Consultant to be able to combine dairy nutrition and dairy animal health with whole farm productivity and profitability.

Kim Sullivan, BVSc, Dairy Consultant, Cert in Sustainable Nutrient Management

Born and bred in the hills of the South Waikato, Kim grew up wrestling sheep and cows on the family farm.  This paved the way into a career in veterinary science, starting in 1999, where
she focused on dairy cattle medicine, firstly in the Waikato, and now in the Central Plateau. As a Dairy Vet with a particular interest in reproduction, milk quality and farm systems, Kim also brings a strong focus on these aspects to her consultancy. Kim has considerable experience with the challenges of large herd dairy farming and enjoys creating and implementing farm specific solutions. With most of her spare time spent in the water, Kim is particularly interested in preserving the quality of waterways, whilst ensuring the profitability of the surrounding farms.

Lindsay Rowe, BVSc, Dairy Consultant

Lindsay, a vet of over 33 years experience has been working primarily in dairy practice since joining Manawatu Veterinary Services Limited in 1986.  His interest in dairy cow production and reproduction is well balanced by the Intelact approach to nutrition and total on farm profitability

Dave Haden, Agri Business Advisor

Dave has a significant amount of experience in the Agri Business sector, including 10 years as Head of Agri Initiatives for ANZ bank. Dave specialises in agri business management, analysis, banking relationships and professional development.  His focus is on helping farmers with their management, planning and banking strategies.

Alanah Ralph, Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Agricultural Management),Farm Performance Analyst

Alanah has always been passionate about the agricultural industry.  After completing her Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Agricultural Management), Alanah joined the Headlands consultancy group as their Performance & Sustainability Consultant and Business Support Coordinator. This including undertaking financial analysis for Headlands dairy farmer clients, and assisting with projects such as Tomorrows Farms Today, Upper Waipa Hill Country Dairy Project, and MP3, along with financial analysis of businesses involved with Dairy Business of the Year. Alanah has also completed the Massey University Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management Course. 

Alana has a particular interest in financial profitability, sustainability, animal production, farm systems and business management, and is focused on assisting farmers to improve their business’s resilience


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