“We grow over 200ha of maize silage annually using strip till on variable water holding capacity soils. We introduced strip till four years ago to help improve soil quality, reduce input costs, and increase overall yield and forage quality. Precision agriculture is increasingly being used within our operation to meet our productivity and profitability goals. Our Headlands consultant provided valuable support and guidance during the transition into our new farming system, and is an integral part of our strategy to achieving our ongoing and evolving farming objectives. I enjoy working with my Headlands consultant".
Richard, Southern Waikato.
"I have known Paul Martin for more than ten years in his capacity as an Agricultural Consultant. When the chance to bring him into our 1200-cow Dairy operation arose, I was very excited!
Paul has many talents, and prior to Paul providing consultancy support to our operation our dairy business was in a very ordinary position frustrating its shareholders. Paul was instrumental in giving us the management direction and planning we were so badly lacking. His systems and resources are very good, but they need a good brain to make them work, and he has that. He has the ability to analyse issues, provide multiple solutions, and find a way to implement these to make life easier for staff, as well as report back to Governance level.
To that point, the Okaihau Board of Directors were so impressed with Paul's skills, he was recently appointed as an Independent Director.
Our results, looking back, speak for themselves. The business would not be what it is today without Paul Martin’s input. And I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to focus on profit in dairy farming, while exhibiting strong people management skills and knowledge".
Cam Holmes, Chairman/Director
Okaihau Pastoral Limited
"Kim Sullivan has been working with the farms we have owned for over seven years. We and our Farm Manager look forward to our monthly meetings with Kim and value her input and suggestions. Importantly, she listens to how we want to farm and makes plans based on our systems. She brings fresh ideas and has a broad understanding of new technologies and best practices. Her background in animal health is also very handy – a good brain to pick for all sorts of farming issues!
After each meeting, Kim is quick to prepare a written plan of action which is clear and easy to follow. These reports soon form a valuable collection of records to look back on, comparing year with year. Our farm staff also find her reports easy to refer to. Although Kim is only on farm once a month, we feel we can contact her anytime and she’s happy for our Farm Manager to contact her directly.
We really value Kim’s friendly professional relationship with our business. She genuinely wants the best for us and the best for our farm".
Nick Pepper and Michelle Hine
Six Pines Ltd
"Headlands Consultant Paul Martin has been advising on two farms for a decade, bringing up to date Technology, Ideas, Comparisons and Humour. The ability to benchmark ideas against results, assists in the profitability of the business. The process of forecasting rather than hindsight is integral to driving profitability, motivation, productivity and consensus of decisions made for all those involved in the day to day management of the farm".
CH & MJ Hamilton Farms Ltd
"Paul Martin has been our farm consultant for 12 years. Over that time with his help we have increased our MS by more than 50% and built our farm into an efficient and profitable business. Paul has pushed us to consistently be improving our business by always trying to achieve best practice. As a way to benchmark our farm against others he encouraged us to enter the Dairy Business of the Year Competition and was instrumental in us winning the Northland category twice.
We really appreciate that Paul always works within the boundaries we set to achieve the goals that we have for our business which is why he is such an important part of our team".
A & L Hamilton
Awhitu Valley Farms, Waiuku