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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.

Paul Martin, BVSc, BSc, PG Dip. Apl. 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.

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.

Dr Trish McIntosh, BVSc. (Massey) MACVSc. 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.

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.

Darren Florence, BVSc. Dairy Consultant

Darren is based in the Central Plateau region near Rotorua, he began his career as a veterinarian in 1995 and progressed into dairy farm consultancy around 5 years later. Darren has continued his learning journey and has post graduate qualifications in both teaching and advanced nutrient management. His major consultancy focus is working with dairy farmers to build sustainable farming solutions that utilise resources efficiently to optimise profit and productivity. Outside of work Darren's passions include mountain-biking, spear-fishing and spending time with family and friends

Charlene Christensen, New 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.

Hugh Crockford, Headlands Australia, New Consultant

Hugh worked as a dairy veterinarian in Gippsland before travelling to California to work in confinement dairies and undergo postgraduate study in statistics and agribusiness at University of California, Davis. He has since settled in South West Victoria, working as a vet and consultant since 2013.

Hugh brings a strong financial and analytic skillset to his consulting and has a special interest in agricultural technology. He works closely with clients on herd production, nutrition and animal health, as well as providing farm business support including cashflow monitoring, business planning/finance applications, and modelling farm system changes and their impacts on profitability and risk.

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.

Hamish Clare, BVSc. Dairy Consultant / Veterinarian

Hamish is from a farming background and graduated as a Veterinarian in 2008. Currently he works in the North Waikato and has experienced different farming systems throughout New Zealand and also in the United Kingdom where he began to develop a keen interest in nutrition. His major focus is on improving farm productivity and profitability and is passionate about improving reproductive performance. He is an InCalf advisor, a certified Body Condition Score Assessor and has completed advanced mastitis training.

Chris Pyke, BVSc. Dairy Consultant / Director

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.

Fanny Leduc, Consultant

Fanny is a veterinarian who grew up and was educated near Montréal, Canada. She spent a year working in a dairy practice in Québec, then came to New Zealand. After a short time in Northland, she settled in the Central Plateau in 2005 where she has practiced ever since.

Her interests are in dairy cattle nutrition, medicine, mastitis and reproduction. Fanny is a qualified milk quality and mastitis advisor under the SmartSAMM banner and an InCalf advisor in addition to being an Intelact Consultant.

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.

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.


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