Greg Sheppard - Farm Management Consultant & Director

Greg SheppardPersonal Statement

During the past 20 years I have enjoyed the challenge of working with farmers to turn their visions into reality and to stimulate new targets to achieve.

I enjoy assisting in the development and prosperity of our local farming community and I see my role as working with individual farm business owners and our wider farming community in a way which leads to sustainable businesses growth culminating in the realisation of individuals goals.

I also look for opportunities to further develop my skills and relationships in the wider rural servicing sector as a means of adding greater value to the service I provide to clients. I firmly believe that where there are challenges there are always rewards.

Key Skills

  • The ability to work closely with farmers to identify their personal and business aspirations.
  • An ability to facilitate group discussions ensuring everyone contributes by sharing their experiences and knowledge providing new learning for all involved
  • The ability to relate to and communicate well with both farmers and professionals servicing the agricultural industry.  
  • Technical expertise in sheep, beef and dairy farming providing a high level of understanding of New Zealand’s farm business systems.
  • Physical and financial analysis of farm businesses enabling the identification of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.
  • Analysis of investment opportunities and evaluation of the economic benefits and risks to the business.
  • A sound understanding of equity partnership operations with experience in facilitating their establishment and in providing independent review of the operation.
  • Effective time management and self-organisation.

Key Achievements

  • Establishment of a high value client base whereby my reputation as a consultant has grown in the community leading to many client referrals, development of on-farm research projects and a high level of personal satisfaction.
  • Facilitation of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Tasman and Marlborough Farming For Profit Programmes.
  • Previous facilitator of various Beef + Lamb New Zealand Monitor Farm programmes.
  • Co-writing a research paper on Wana Cocksfoot and Bull Beef Production on hill country with a respected scientist from AgResearch.
  • Facilitation of the Murchison Dairy Discussion Group - a high end group focussed on business growth and profitability.
  • Facilitation of the Marlborough Dairy Farming for Profit Plus Group - funded by the Marlborough Dairy Development Trust, this group of dairy farmers are aiming to improve bottom line profitability by 10% over 3 years.
  • In conjunction with the Taranaki Regional Council, successfully establishing two Hill Country Sustainable Land Management groups (1999).
  • Contributing to the personal and professional development of farmers as tutor of Production Management and Agribusiness training courses.
  • Sharing the joy as clients realise their personal and business goals.
  • Establishment of Profit Check, an accounts analysis tool dedicated to providing farmers with an effective analysis of their financial and productive performance highlighting opportunities for improved performance.
  • Project management of the SFF project on Lamb Survival.

 

Professional Membership

  • Member of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Managers
  • Member of the New Zealand Grasslands Association

Academic

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Massey University 1993

Greg Sheppard
PO Box 2433, Stoke, Nelson 7041
Ph: (03) 544 8505
Mobile: 0274 349 340
Email: mailto:greg@sheppardagriculture.co.nz

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