AbacusBio consultant Simon Glennie (left) is congratulated
by Ministry of Primary Industries South Island regional
operations manager Alan Tinnelly. Photo from Farmax.
Simon Glennie reckons he does his farming vicariously
through his clients.
Mr Glennie, a consultant at Dunedin-based AbacusBio, has been
named South Island Farmax consultant of the year.
The inaugural awards honoured the top North and South Island
consultants who used the farm support software.
Commercially launched in 1993, Farmax is an evidence-based
software system that was developed by AgResearch and borne
out of 20 years of research.
Mr Glennie's expertise in grazing and project management and
use of new agricultural technologies to help clients make the
most of their businesses secured him the award, Farmax
general manager Gavin McEwen said.
Mr Glennie, who said winning the award was a ''pleasant
surprise'', received a $4000 prize including funds for
further education in pasture-based production and 40 paid
hours to conduct an industry-related research project.
He was interested in the potential around the use of drones
to gather information on pasture covers on rolling and
He would be doing some background work and looking at what
barriers there were to measuring pasture cover from those
Drones had become more affordable and it was now at the
application stage. Looking at pasture cover stuff was one
application he believed could be ''really exciting''.
Brought up on a mixed sheep and beef farm, with some cropping
at West Otago, that rural upbringing gave him a good
grounding in terms of farm systems, Mr Glennie said.
Completing his final year of school in 1987, he described
himself as being part of ''the missing generation from
agriculture'' - during difficult times in the farming sector.
He completed a science degree at the University of Otago but
was still drawn to farming. After graduating, he farmed in
partnership with his father for about six years.
He ended up working in the agricultural services area,
firstly in fertiliser and then in advisory work which was his
''I figure I get my farming vicariously by my clients,'' he
There was an opportunity to meet so many people and see so
many diverse and different farm types and, just like farming,
every day was a little bit different.