Lewis Shailer B.Agr
Mobile: 0274 479 203
Lewis is the longest serving consultant with DairyTeam, he joined in 2002 and services farms in Manawatu, Hawkes Bay, Wairarapa and Taranaki.
He has vast experience of the dairy industry following ten years of ‘hands on’ dairy farming. Production of 400+ kgMS/cow was consistently achieved back in the 90’s, predominantly in year-round calving systems. In 1995, Lewis and wife Linda won the Manawatu-Rangitikei Sharemilker of the Year competition.
Lewis enjoys the challenge of fitting systems to farms and people then seeing the rewards that follow. Measuring pasture harvested and financial performance are a priority.
Lewis holds a Bachelor of Agriculture degree from Massey University with a major in Rural Valuation. He has extensive experience in all areas of farm management such as stock & pasture management, feeding systems, reproduction, herd improvement, farm layout and infrastructure, human resources, environmental and resource management.
John Simmonds B.AgSc(Hons)
Mobile: 0274 519 456
John joined DairyTeam in 2006 after a Consulting Officer career that started with the N.Z. Dairy Board in 1971; based in Hawera and covering the Manawatu and Hawke's Bay. Between times he lived for 17 years in Te Puke where his responsibilities at one stage included managing staff throughout the Central Plateau and Eastern Waikato. So he is a familiar face to many dairy districts of the North Island, where he observed a wide range of dairying systems operating with different environmental constraints.
John is a graduate of Lincoln College with a Batchelor of Agricultural Science (Hons) that included a work study into the potential efficiencies of a rotary cowshed when dairying was a scare land use in Canterbury.
The mainstay of the Consultanting Officer's work was facilitating farmer discussion groups, potentially a tremendous generator of ideas with the right group of farmers. But to understand and apply the details of such often only come from one to one farm visits before or after groups. John did plenty of these and had a reputation with staff of staying long hours out "on the job". This developed his experience helping individual farming families to improve profitability. He has enjoyed the enthusiatic go-getters that the dairy industry has always attracted and will continue to attract in the future.
While getting animal performance is everyone farmer's goal, achieving this economically is what "productivity" is all about. John has been an avid farm accounts analyser, using Dexcel's ProfitWatch system and has shared that information with DairyTeam's Cost of Production data in the past. In future, the DairyInsight funded "DairyBase" will help give benchmark information that is critical to progress.
John is based in Palmerston North and serving the lower North Island. He has been coaxed out of retirement after a long and successful career in the dairy industry (many of you will know him from Dexcel). He is looking forward to new challenges and working with dairy farmers on an individual basis.
Don Urqhart BSc(Ag)
Mobile: 027 448 1912
Don joined DairyTeam in 2009 and services dairy farmers north of Taupo.
He is an agricultural graduate with a BSc in Agricultural Science from the University of Natal, South Africa following which he completed a two-year post graduate diploma in Agricultural Economics at Oxford University in the UK.
Thereafter he embarked on a successful farming career spanning more than twenty-five years running his own beef, dairying and cropping operation employing a staff of twenty-five people in Natal, South Africa.
With his wife and two children he moved to a safer New Zealand in 1998. The last five years he has worked as a consulting officer for Dexcel/DairyNZ in the south Auckland and north Waikato areas. During this time his financial expertise led to his running financial seminars and investment groups for dairy farmers from Northland to Southland.
Bill Adam B.Agr
Mobile: 021 993 566
Phone: 07 3078293 Home: 07 3078290
Fax: 07 3078293
Bill Adam joined DairyTeam in 2010 and services dairy farms north of Taupo. Bill has a long background in both consultancy and practical dairy farming, and is based in Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty.
Bill originally hails from the Taieri Plains south of Dunedin, where his family still have dairy and dry stock interests.
After a completing a Batchelor of Agricultural Science from Lincoln in 1981, he joined the NZ Dairy Board as the Consulting Officer in Whakatane for 7 years, before embarking on a sharemilking career. His hands-on dairying career lasted for 11 years. A large part of this was as 50/50 sharemillker for a local Maori Trust farm.
In 2002 he returned to his previous role as Consulting Officer with Dexcel/DairyNZ, but now with a hard-won appreciation of the practicalities of farm management!
A large part of DairyNZ Consulting Officer’s work is discussion groups, where new and old ideas are shared and evaluated. Bill remains a staunch supporter of DairyNZ’s role as a leader in developing and promoting better farm systems. His new direction is complimentary to this – there is a great need for one-on-one decision support on farm. How can you make sure that a nice theory actually works where it counts - in your bank account? Is it practical? Will it fit your lifestyle?
Bill has a wide experience of farm systems throughout New Zealand. The starting point for improving any system is to accurately assess the production and finances of that farm system. Informed management is the basis of good management. Bill is an accredited user of DairyBase and can use this facility to benchmark clients. He has extensive experience in diverse fields such as stock & pasture management, feeding systems, reproduction, herd improvement, farm layout and infrastructure, human resources, environmental and resource management.