Growing up in rural Southland, Kevin Muir always had a
passion for the agricultural industry.
The Federated Farmers Southland field officer spent most of
his childhood in Tuatapere, Western Southland, and spent his
spare time down at the duck pond.
Before becoming the Southland field officer, Mr Muir was in
the navy before transferring to the army, eventually becoming
an army instructor.
He has also owned a courier business and an insurance
business along the way.
It was only a matter of time for Mr Muir before he went back
to his farming roots.
As the man on the ground for Southland Federated Farmers, he
deals with day-to-day farming practices.
Mr Muir's role, which he started eight months ago, involves
liaising with farmers and agricultural businesses across the
Southland region, as well as promoting Federated Farmers
He enjoys the role because he is not stuck in an office all
day and his week can be very different, depending what is
going on, he said.
About 50% of Southland farmers were Federated Farmers members
and Mr Muir said the benefits for the industry were huge.
Mr Muir said what had happened in the past 150 years of
farming could not be changed tomorrow as Southland farmers
now also faced many environmental issues.
He said there would be some interesting times ahead for
farmers and he hoped he would help farmers transition easily
through the changes.
The Southland man is not all about agriculture, as he has two
children whom he follows around the region and up and down
the country as they play their chosen sports.
He is also president of Squash City squash club in
Invercargill and manager of the Southland under-16 rugby