Ron Mulder - BSc Agribusiness (Economics & Animal Science)

Ron is an independent farm consultant working under the Headlands brand, helping farm owners and stakeholders optimise their farming systems.

Before starting his consultancy, Ron held various titles at DeLaval International/Oceania for 13 years specialising in milking system automation, robotics and farm systems. Prior to this he spent 10 years as ruminant nutritionist in South Africa, UK and EU, before immigrating to NZ and joining Dairy NZ for 3 years in 2005. 

After a successful career helping farmers across the world adopt new technologies, feeding their cows and hybridising their farm systems, Ron is available to support farm businesses in our everchanging farming environment. Modernising infrastructure, succession planning, financial health and compliance are all precursors to optimising whole farming systems for future generations.

Ron enjoys spending his time in the outdoors with family and friends.

Ron is available for knowledge/product support, troubleshooting and private consultation. He also acts as a trusted advisor with farmers and rural professionals to ensure profitable, compliant and sustainable farm businesses for the future.

Peter Aitken - BVSc (Massey), MANZCVS

Peter qualified as a veterinarian in 2003 and has worked full time in the production animal (predominantly dairy) sector since that time. He has worked in a variety of system in NZ and overseas (UK, Vietnam, Estonia) and has a passion for the Dairy sector and the important role it holds. Through his time spent as a vet working at the back end of cows the importance of what goes in the front end has been reinforced; nutrition and feeding and the vital role this holds to successful enterprise performance in both high producing intensively housed cows and in more extensive pasture based systems. The opportunity to work within the Headlands group fits well with his views in this area and how this relates to farm profitability and sustainability.

Liam Bawden - Veterinarian, Advanced Mastitis, Advanced Reproduction, RMPP Facilitator, Sustainable Nutrient Management.

I grew up on a dairy farm in the far north and graduated as a veterinarian in 2013. My primary focus has always been farming production systems and over the years I have upskilled in mastitis and reproduction in more of a consulting role. Through my vet career I have been involved in leadership and management roles as well as facilitation through Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP). With my background and primary interests in farm systems and working with farm business, I joined headlands as an agribusiness consultant in 2020.

In my spare time I can be found playing farmer, out at sea or in the bush with my wife and our busy twin boys.

Geert Gelling - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - DVM.

Geert graduated in 1983 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Utrecht, The Netherlands. After graduation he worked in several mixed practices, focusing on dairy animal health and production. Realizing the importance of nutrition he developed a strong interest in dairy and ruminant nutrition. Balancing rations and feeding to support production levels were cornerstones in rationing high input systems and TMR systems in Europe. Combining that knowledge with New Zealand pasture based production systems is interesting and challenging. Geert trained as an Headlands Consultant to be able to combine dairy nutrition and dairy animal health with whole farm productivity and profitability.

Karl Jeffery - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - B. Appl Sci, Dip Appl Sci.

Karl graduated from Massey University after completing his Diploma dissertation on high input dairy systems and joined Intelact in 1997. Combining practical dairy farming experience with strong technical skills, Karl specialises in dairy systems physical and financial analysis.

Paul Martin - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - BVSc, BSc, PGDip.Appl.Sci.(Dist.), CMInstD

Paul studied agriculture prior to becoming a vet, and works as a Headlands Consultant in Northland. He thrives on working closely with his clients to help them maximise their production, profitability and sustainability. Paul is a practical, down to earth person and takes this approach to his consulting. In addition to working as a consultant, Paul has a number of governance roles and is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors. He lives on a family farm in the Whangarei District, running drystock and growing avocados. He can normally be found working somewhere on the farm in his spare time, or tending his beehives. 

In 2017 Paul was awarded New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management’s (NZIPIM) Dairy Rural Professional of the Year. In making their final decision, the judges noted that Paul had demonstrated considerable expertise within the dairy industry and they were impressed with his ability to increase the performance and profitability of his farming clients in one of the most difficult farming areas in New Zealand. The judges also liked his proposal to use the prize money to learn more about best international on-farm environment practices in the Netherlands and Germany.

Trish McIntosh - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - BVSc. (Massey), MAVCSc.

Trish has been based in Culverden, working out of North Canterbury Clinics for 28 years as a mixed practice Veterinarian with a predominantly dairy workload. She is a current part-owner/director of the Veterinary practice and is also farming alongside her husband in a 1,400 cow dairy business with support farms in the North Canterbury region. She also has been involved in many Industry-good commitments (Farming and Veterinary) through the years ,with most current being on the M.Bovis SSAG committee, DairyNZ Fodder Beet Sustainability project group, and South Island Rabobank Client Council.

Having a strong farming background, Trish has always had a keen interest in nutrition and profitable farming systems and, utilising best practice guidelines, reaching for optimum and sustainable business performance from farms and cows.

Greg Nicks - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - BVMs, MRCVS

Originally from Devon, England, Greg studied in Edinburgh and has worked as a vet in mixed vet clinics in England, Scotland and New Zealand. As an accredited Headlands consultant, Greg is a Dairy NZ trained Incalf and Healthy Hoof advisor and has Dairy NZ accreditation in body condition scoring. He is also a Fonterra accredited mastitis vet

Margaret Perry - Headlands Dairy Consultant - BVSc.

Margaret grew up in Upstate New York, where her family owns and operates a dairy farm. She graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007 and spent 5 years working in central California as a production veterinarian on large-scale commercial dairy operations, beef ranches and horse farms. Margaret moved to New Zealand in 2012 where she has been working in dairy practice with Anexa FVC. Her main interest is reproductive management and advisory work. She is a qualified InCalf consultant and is accredited with the DairyNZ Body Condition Score Assessor programme.

Chris Pyke - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - BVSc., ASNM

Chris grew up with animals in his blood, with his father being both a Vet and a farmer. After becoming a vet himself he worked in clinical practice in Cambridge, mostly with dairy cows but also developed a special interest in calf-rearing and live animal export. He soon started looking at how things could be done to prevent animal health problems on farm and became interested in "the whole farm approach" This led to him joining Headlands in 1995, and Chris has operated as a farm consultant ever since, servicing clients in the Cambridge District, and throughout the Waikato. He has also been involved in, and been on the boards of a number of equity farm partnerships. 
Chris is a Director of King Country Partnership (a dairy goat farm). He is passionate about dairy farming, both cows, and recently goats, and helping his clients become more profitable and sustainable and capturing the potential in their businesses.

Katrina Roberts - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - BAnSci (Hons), BVSci (Hons), MVS Epi Intermediate SNM

Katrina graduated from Melbourne University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Vet Science and Animal Science and has completed her Masters Degree in Vet Science in Epidemiology at Massey, with research in the area of heifer mastitis.

Having worked in clinical dairy practice at Anexa Animal Health in the Waikato for ~ 5 years, Katrina took on a new role as Herd Health veterinarian for the business. This role was an advisory position in the areas of herd-level milk quality, reproduction and lameness. Her reproductive advisory work utilized DairyNZ’s InCalf programme in conjunction with data analysis skills she developed through her Masters qualifications. She moved into the Headlands team 8 years ago with the aim of providing a more holistic set of skills to the farmers she was working alongside including; financial, environmental and whole farm systems consultancy. Katrina was a consultant with the Matamata-Piako MP3 project in 2015-2018 and has undertaken the intermediate nutrient management course and training in Dairy NZs sustainable milk plans. She is keen to challenge her farmers to do things better and when is isn’t doing this she is spending time with her husband and 3 daughters in the Peria hills.

Lindsay Rowe - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - BVSc.

Lindsay, a vet of over 33 years experience has been working primarily in dairy practice since joining Manawatu Veterinary Services Limited in 1986.  His interest in dairy cow production and reproduction is well balanced by the Headlands approach to nutrition and total on farm profitability

Richard Syme - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - B.Comm, MBA, ASNM

In addition to farm business consulting, Richard and his wife Davina, have been dairy farming in their own right for the past 15 years. During this time Richard also spent 5 years as the CEO of Hopkins Farming Group, a large-scale dairy farming business based in the Manawatu. From a diverse background ranging from family business to corporate structures and being an owner operator to running large teams, he has a track record of success and offers clients a wide skillset that is firmly based on practical experience.

This practical experience is backed up with a focus on further learning. He has an undergraduate degree from Lincoln University, an MBA from the Melbourne Business School, has completed both the Fonterra and DairyNZ Rural Governance Development Programs. He is a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor and is accredited with the DairyNZ Body Condition Score Assessor programme.

While he has strong belief in the value traditionally provided by farm consultants in supporting clients with seasonal tactical decision making to optimise profit, his desire is to extend this to a ‘whole of business approach’. He sees significant value for clients having greater clarity around their purpose, strategy, financial goals, people and business planning processes. The end result seeing farm owners being in control (and feeling more in control) of successful businesses that are sustainable and meeting their aspirations.

Bill Rys - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - B.Ag, Masters in Tropical Agriculture, ASNM

Raised on a dairy farm in the central part of the North Island of New Zealand, Bill has spent all his life involved in the dairy industry. With a Bachelor of Agriculture and a Masters in Tropical Agriculture, Bill has both an academic and practical understanding of agriculture and pasture-based livestock farming systems across a range of climates. Bill has significant expertise in pasture systems, pasture species and rotational grazing management which assists his clients to maximise the amount of pasture produced and harvested by the cow, which in turn optimises milk production and profitability.

His global experience in confinement, semi confinement, and hybrid dairy systems in Jamaica, Northern Territory (Australia) and Brazil, combined with hands-on livestock farming and animal nutrition experience and financial analysis competencies, make him sought after both within New Zealand and as a global consultant for his knowledge and experience in Pasture-Supported dairy systems.

Daniel Sullivan - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - BVSc., ASNM

Daniel began his agricultural career in 1999 as a Veterinarian throughout the Waikato and Central Plateau, and has since evolved to a consultancy role focused on the profitability of farm systems.  Along that path, with further training in Sustainable Nutrient Management, he has also gained accreditation as an NZIPIM Certified Dairy Farm Systems Consultant.  By combining strategic business planning with operational decision support, Daniel’s approach looks at the “whole picture” for each farming business and ensures that he helps his clients achieve their particular aims and goals.

Kim Sullivan - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - BVSc., Cert in Sustainable Nutrient Management

Born and bred in the hills of the South Waikato, Kim grew up wrestling sheep and cows on the family farm.  This paved the way into a career in veterinary science, starting in 1999, where she focused on dairy cattle medicine, firstly in the Waikato, and now in the Central Plateau. As a Dairy Vet with a particular interest in reproduction, milk quality and farm systems, Kim also brings a strong focus on these aspects to her consultancy. Kim has considerable experience with the challenges of large herd dairy farming and enjoys creating and implementing farm specific solutions. With most of her spare time spent in the water, Kim is particularly interested in preserving the quality of waterways, whilst ensuring the profitability of the surrounding farms.

Helwi Tacoma - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - DVM, ASNM

Richard Tiddy - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - BVSc., ASNM

Sam Williams - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant - B.Agr.Sc (Hons), ASNM

Sam is from a farming background with experience in dairying, sheep, beef, deer and technosystem bulls. After graduating from Lincoln University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science with First Class Honours (with a focus on diet selection in sheep), Sam moved into a consultancy role focusing on dairy systems encompassing business management, animal nutrition and farm management. Undertaking postgraduate study in Sustainable Nutrient Management and Effluent System Design has given a renewed interest in ensuring that farm systems are not only profitable but also efficient in their use of nutrients and other resources. All farm systems have the opportunity to efficiently utilise the resources available to them and increase profitability. Using our range of tools and experience, we are able to help our clients continue to improve their farm system with the aim to minimise the footprint and optimise profit.

Angus Drummond - Headlands Accredited Dairy Consultant, Australia

Angus has been involved in agriculture for 29 years in both South Africa and Australia.  His experience in South Africa includes managing dairy and vegetable farms, working as an area manager for Omnia Fertiliser and as a consultant to the dairy sector.  In 2007, Angus emigrated to Australia with his family and now consults in South West Australia, South Australia and Tasmania.  His consulting is systems-based with a focus on developing profitable, lower-cost pasture-based farms.

Dave Haden, Agri Business Advisor

Dave has a significant amount of experience in the Agri Business sector, including 10 years as Head of Agri Initiatives for ANZ bank. Dave specialises in agri business management, analysis, banking relationships and professional development.  His focus is on helping farmers with their management, planning and banking strategies.

Alanah Ralph, Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Agricultural Management),Farm Performance Analyst, ASNM

Alanah has always been passionate about the agricultural industry.  After completing her Bachelor of Commerce Degree (Agricultural Management), Alanah joined the Headlands consultancy group as their Performance & Sustainability Consultant and Business Support Coordinator. This including undertaking financial analysis for Headlands dairy farmer clients, and assisting with projects such as Tomorrows Farms Today, Upper Waipa Hill Country Dairy Project, and MP3, along with financial analysis of businesses involved with Dairy Business of the Year. Alanah has also completed the Massey University Advanced Sustainable Nutrient Management Course. 

Alana has a particular interest in financial profitability, sustainability, animal production, farm systems and business management, and is focused on assisting farmers to improve their business’s resilience


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