Consultant relishing role

Jeremy Savage will continue to work with the Lincoln University dairy farm for the next 12 months. Photo: Supplied by Jeremy Savage
Jeremy Savage will continue to work with the Lincoln University dairy farm for the next 12 months. Photo: Supplied by Jeremy Savage
Jeremy Savage is enjoying working with the Lincoln University dairy farm.

The Ashburton-based farm consultant has been working alongside farm manager Peter Hancox since November and will continue in the role for another 12 months while the South Island Dairying Development Centre (SIDDC) continues its review.

''We've got some goals and objectives for the next three years and now we're looking at our vision and opportunities for the next 20 years.

''At the moment we're focusing on the next two to three years, maintaining our cost structures and profitability and improving our environmental footprint.''

To help improve the farm's footprint, sprinklers have been removed off the lighter soils in a bid to better control nitrate leaching, he said.

Mr Savage is continuing in his farm consultant role part-time for the Lincoln farm alongside his role with Macfarlane Rural Business.

He has been joined by Clare Buchanan, who has been appointed as demonstration manager to work alongside the SIDDC partners Lincoln University, DairyNZ, Ravensdown, LIC, AgResearch and the South Island Dairy Event and ''working to make sure we are capturing the good science''.

Ms Buchanan will juggle the role alongside her work as a farm environment consultant with Ravensdown.

-By David Hill

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