Ben and Yvonne Lee weren’t born into farming but have taken it up with vigour.
The appointment fills a gap for the area, which hasn't had its own dedicated field consultant for close to six months.
Brittany Hartstone starts in the field consultant role on January 12 and will service CRV Ambreed's clients in the Rodney, Kaipara and Waipu areas.
Hank Lina, regional sales and services manager for the Northern part of North Island says Hartstone's appointment is crucial to continuing to build the trust and respect from farmers in this area, and he's very confident that the right person was selected for the role.
"We have some very valued and loyal clients in the lower Northland Region and we're really looking forward to Brittany joining our team and offering the high standard of personal service that our field consultants are renowned for, to farmers there again," says Lina.
Hartstone started with the CRV Ambreed customer services team in August and had previously worked for RD1/Farm Source in the sales team, where she says she grew to love sales.
Having grown up on an 800-acre dairy farm in Raglan, in the Waikato, and spent 12 months working on a dairy farm in Morrinsville, she said she has a passion and respect for the industry that she is excited to put into practice in her new role.
"I think dairy farming is the backbone of New Zealand. I'm incredibly passionate about this industry, animal health and welfare and supporting my clients to get the best results from their herds," says Hartstone.
"I'm looking forward to getting out and meeting my clients, finding out where they're at, where they want to go and what their struggles are.
"While every farmer has different goals based on their farm type, region, market conditions and environmental factors, one thing they all have in common is a focus on achieving a high performing herd, and that's where I can help."
CRV Ambreed employs more than 50 part-time and full-time field consultants throughout the country who work alongside farmers to provide advice and personal assistance to help them reach their farming business targets.
Hartstone will join other field consultants Alistair Cullen, Bryce Shuker, Dennis Litt, Dianne Wilson, John Kimberley, Roger Perry and Elaine Nimmo to service the Northern part of the North Island.