Wherever you’re farming, our experts have got you covered
Mark Ter-Morshuizen joined Ballance in January 2013, having moved from the company's then other farm nutrient division, Altum. He brings a wide range of farming experience, gained in both New Zealand and South African agricultural industries.
Having completed a Diploma in Agriculture, Mark managed both dairy farms and large sugar cane estates in his home country, but moved with his family to New Zealand in 2005. In the following six years he worked in a variety of rural industries, including a dairy farm, a dairy genetics company, in rural banking and in animal feeds.
Cambridge-based Mark spends his spare time on a range of family duties involving his kids, gardening and DIY. And yes, he does know which rugby team to support!
Glenn Rowlinson is the Ballance Nutrient Specialist for the Rotorua Region.
Glenn grew up on a family farm in Ngakuru where he is still a fourth generation farmer in the area. After leaving school he worked on the farm until he decided to follow a career in rural sales. This led him to a role selling Honda motorcycles and then eventually onto a Technical Sales Position for Farm Source in the Rotorua region, before joining Ballance in January 2017.
In Glenns’ spare time he is Chairman of the Ngakuru School Board of trustees, and enjoys helping his wife run their Beef and dairy grazing farm. Glenn enjoys going water-skiing during the summer months.
Stuart Lumley is the Nutrient Specialist for Matamata West
Originally from South Africa, Stuart joined us in the land of the long white cloud in 1999 and settled into running a successful dairy farm at Tapora, near the Kaipara Harbour.
After a run in with a bull left him with a broken back, Stuart needed a new career that still used his passion for farming.
‘Working as the Nutrient Specialist in the Matamata area is great because it gives me the chance to give sound agronomic advice to people and I really enjoy speaking to farmers about their needs.’
Stuart is also a keen fisherman and musician.
Garth Dawson joined Ballance as the Nutrient Specialist for Southern Southland East in November 2016, bringing with him considerable experience in both hands-on farming and business management.
A born-and-bred Southlander, Garth started his career in the agricultural industry working for Farmers Mutual Group, progressing to the role of company representative. He then moved to the Alliance Group, where his responsibilities included management of the Ocean Beach beef farm operation and sheep-holding block.
A previous stint at Ballance starting in 1993 saw Garth hold a variety of roles, including extensive time spent in leadership of the sales team before moving on in 2015.
Garth has a Postgraduate Certificate in Executive Management (Otago) and a Certificate in Sustainable Nutrient Management (Massey)
Dusty Hulley joined the Eastern Sales team in September 2020, stepping in as the Nutrient Specialist for the Central BOP region
He originally joined Ballance in March 2011 as a Nutrient Specialist for the Hauraki-Coromandel region. After three years’ service, he then moved to a role with Farm Source where he broadened his knowledge base in the farming industry. He returned to Ballance Agri-Nutrients in October 2015, with a stint back in the Hauraki-Coromandel region. From there he delved into the Horticulture side of the sector as our Hort & Arable Specialist in the BOP, before taking up his current role.
Dusty grew up in the farming sector and then went on to managing large-scale agriculture farms, growing numerous different crops as well as dry stock and wild game farming.
After moving to New Zealand with his family, they settled in the Hauraki Plains region. There he joined the Dairy sector and gained qualifications in the industry.
His strengths and knowledge come from a practical experience base, with his fields of expertise including dairy production, cropping, and pasture management, as well as a commitment to sustainable farming.
When not working, Dusty enjoys the outdoors, mountain biking, tramping, fishing, and tennis as well as being involved with his kid’s sports and activities.
David Salmon is your Nutrient Specialist for Tokoroa South region.
After high school David worked on farms to fund an agricultural economics degree at Massey University. A post-graduate OE saw him explore Europe and the Middle East, before returning home. He worked on the commissioning of the Litchfield Cheese Factory, and then later moved on to manage a 400-cow dairy farm near Gordonton.
'I joined Altum (now Ballance) over 10 years ago and love helping our farmers increase their profitability and environmental protection.'
Feburary 2017 David completed the Te Araroa Cycle trail on his mountain bike, cape reinga to bluff in 18days.
He likes to run, cycle, swim and kayak and devotes time to his family, the and Shininglights Trust where he is a volunteer for the “Hope Project” initiatives.
Born and raised on a sheep and beef property in Porangahau, Amy has a lifelong connection to the land.
Educated in Marton and then going on to attend Massey University, she graduated with a Diploma in Agriculture.
Amy is a keen Young Farmers member and squash player at the local Te Kuiti club.
As the Ballance Nutrient Specialist in the King Country, Amy brings a genuine passion and commitment to the role and loves the King Country community.
Raised on an orchard in Hawke’s Bay, Rowan was well educated even before studying forestry science at Canterbury University.
He joined Elders after working in labour contracting to horticulture, viticulture and agriculture in Canterbury, Marlborough and Otago, switching to Altum (now Ballance) in early 2010.
'I am keen on hunting and fishing in the Southern Alps and I hope to be able to travel the world and hunt. It’s great getting out and meeting a lot of different people in various farming systems and being able to customise a complete nutrient programme specific for them.'
Noel was brought up on a small drystock farm near Umawera, his secondary schooling was at Okaihau College.
After a short stint working on a sheep and beef farm outside Masterton, he then headed to Massey University to complete a BAg. A desire to return to Northland led to 4 years in rural merchandise, from where the opportunity arose to join Farmers Fertiliser in 1989.
After 10 years in the fertiliser industry Noel left to rear calves on a small block just north of Moerewa.
Married, and with two small children Noel moved to Kerikeri and joined a small family business in the Nursery/landscaping industry. Fifteen years later the urge to re-join agriculture led to him buying a 15ha block at Pakaraka, returning to rural merchandise for a short period before the opportunity to re-join Ballance.
Noel’s hobbies include “The Farm” and building outdoor furniture. He also has two adult sons, both living near Perth, Western Australia
Martyn Ebbett joined Ballance in June 2005, having spent the previous ten years working in the rural banking sector, much of it in the greater NZ-WAI district.
Spending time on his uncle’s Te Puke sheep and kiwifruit farm was enough to convince Martyn that his future lay in agriculture. A season dairy farming helped fund him through a Bachelor of Agriculture (Rural Valuation) at Massey University, after which he added to his practical experience by working on several different farms in New Zealand, Australia, England and Scotland.
Away from work, much of Martyn’s time is spent with his family, out on the road cycling, and playing the guitar.
Originally joining the company under the Summit Quinphos banner in 1990, Mark has been with us through the changing faces of the company – from the re-branding to Altum to the merge into Ballance Agri-Nutrients.
Holding a sales role in the Gisborne/Wairoa region since joining the company, Mark works within the East Coast team as contractor. He has completed Nutrient Management courses through Massey, and enjoys the satisfaction of helping his clients reach their farming and production goals.
Mark has first-hand experience in the industry, as he and his wife own a 760 effective hectare sheep and beef farm inland from Gisborne, which is managed by their son. The property has a 50:50 sheep cattle ratio, finishes all their lambs, and has breeding cows as well bull trading and finishing.
Manjit Singh is your Nutrient Specialist for the Morrinsville North region. Originally from India, Manjit went to primary school in Hamilton, going on to graduate with a Masters degree from the University of NZ-WAI. His early career was in the cosmetics industry in Auckland, after which he bought a 280-cow dairy farm near Tahuna, which he now farms with his wife and two children.
Manjit joined the Altum team in February 2009 and 'has really enjoyed getting to meet so many farmers and doing the best we can for them. I like to read non-fiction books, and compensate with road running to try to keep fit'.
Bruce Beckingsale joined Ballance in June 2008, having had a long career in farm consultancy. During his career in the farm advisory service, he has been based in Invercargill, Fairlie and Balclutha, which has given him in-depth knowledge of the various farming challenges that are encountered in these diverse areas.
As well as consulting to farmers working on everything from extensive high country to intensive lowland farms, Bruce has run his own small block near Invercargill. This operation is focused on calf rearing and lamb finishing. Each year Bruce rears up to 300 calves and finishes up to 600 lambs.
Bruce's practical experience of farming and his deep knowledge of local conditions and challenges make him an ideal person to assist local farmer with their key fertiliser decisions.
Kristin started with Ballance in January 2016 as a Cadet in Otago. She has been in the Waikato since August 2016 as a Nutrient Specialist in the Putaruru Tirau area.
Kristin was raised on a dairy farm in Southland and has worked on a range of other farms. She studied a B.Com.Ag at Lincoln University which was where her interest in soil science started. She has always been interested in farming and agriculture, and enjoys meeting a variety of farmers and seeing different farming systems.
In her spare time she enjoys getting out on the farm. She also participates in western riding and gets a lot of satisfaction from working with and training young horses.
Selina joined Ballance in August 2014. She completed her Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture at Lincoln University in 2012 before moving into the workforce with Midlands Seeds Ltd in Ashburton.
Selina comes from a South Island farming family with roots in the Seafield area of Mid Canterbury. The family farm of 550 hectares is a mix of sheep, beef, pig and cropping.Living all her life in a diverse farming environment naturally led her into the agricultural industry and she spent much of her university practical experience in Southland.
In her spare time, she loves nothing better than getting into the high country alongside her father and friends enjoying the challenge and excitement it offers.
On the sporting side of things, Selina has been a keen netballer from a young age. Not only playing for her club side but also coaching the lower grades.
Born and bred in Otematata, Kerry now resides in the mighty Haka Valley on a sheep and beef farm with her partner Matt.
With a background in insurance, retail and farming Kerry brought a diverse range of skills to Ballance when she joined us in April 2017. Having spent time working on sheep and beef farms here, as well as cropping farms in Australia and Canada, she has an affinity for the farming sector.
Prior to her role with Ballance, Kerry further honed her skills and knowledge during her 3 years with Farmlands, so is no stranger to the local farming community.
In her spare time, she enjoys playing netball and getting her hands dirty on farm whenever she gets the chance.
Kerry is looking forward to helping her clients get the best out of their farming operation.
Neil Walker joined Ballance in January 2011, having previously been the assistant farm manager on a 1500-cow farm in Hawke's Bay.
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Neil spent his early work years in the retail, motor and property sectors. He and his family immigrated to New Zealand in 2008, and Neil embarked on a career in agriculture. While working on dairy farms, Neil took the time to complete a number of agricultural qualifications, to ensure that he could gain as much knowledge of the industry as possible.
Neil spent his first 5 years with Ballance as a Nutrient Specialist in the Far North and during this time, he was able to complete his intermediate and advanced sustainable nutrient management papers through Massey University as well as build and forge excellent relationships with his customers.
Neil is currently servicing the Mid North region where his combination of customer service, technical knowledge and practical farming experience make him an ideal representative for Ballance and Mid North farmers. When he is not working, Neil is an avid runner and a keen fisher-man
Shaun Broderick is your Nutrient Specialist for North Taranaki.
Originally a teacher, Shaun decided to go dairy farming after returning from his OE. After 17 years milking cows, the last eight on his own farm, it was time for a change and Shaun sold the farm, moved to town and began working for the Taranaki Regional Council. Two years after working for the council, there was an opportunity to work for Ballance, the company he had used himself for nutrient advice while farming.
Shaun enjoys discussions around farming and loves the positive role he can play in assisting farmers achieve their farming goals.
Outside of work he follows the sporting endeavours of his 3 children, surfs and enjoys cycling.
Nick Riley spent the first 8 years of his working life on a dry stock farm prior to formalising his experience with an Applied Science Degree majoring in Rural Valuation & Farm Management. Following on from this, Nick has spent time in banking and in the fertiliser industry.
Nick and his wife have a passion for farming and have an interest in a 550-cow farm in Southland.
One of the most enjoyable aspects of the Nutrient Specialist role for Nick is helping farmers achieve production goals, and ensuring he provides them with the most cost effective products to achieve these goals.
Nick returned to Ballance in May 2014, following 2 years in the animal health industry where he gained valuable experience.
When Nick is not working, he enjoys fishing and other outdoor pursuits along with spending time on the side line supporting his stepson at Cricket and Rugby.
Robert Cargill (also known as Blue) started in August 2017 as the Nutrient Specialist for the Eastern Bay of Plenty, based out of Edgecumbe.
He has spent most of his life in the rural sector, with the last 14 years working as a Technical Sales Rep with two of the country’s largest Rural Merchant companies.
Blue was previously based in the Horowhenua and Manawatu before relocating to the Bay of Plenty, and is passionate about the rural industry. He enjoys the interaction with his farmers and is looking forward to working alongside them, helping with solutions to increase profitability in their business.
Outside of work he enjoys golf, fishing and horse racing; his wife is a former Jockey and trained their own racehorses.
Holly Forde is the Nutrient Specialist for Reporoa.
Holly grew up on her family Sheep and Beef farm in Hawkes Bay before studying Communications at AUT, gaining a Diploma in Commercial Broadcasting.
Prior to taking up her current role with Ballance in December 2017, she was a Technical Sale Representative for Farm Source Reporoa and has also spent four years in the Rural Banking industry.
In Holly’s spare time she enjoys helping her partner with their 50/50 share-milking business, gardening, interior decorating and wakeboarding on the local river.
She is looking forward to following her passion for agronomy and helping farmers exceed their goals.
Gretchen took up the role of Nutrient Specialist Coastal South Canterbury in March 2018.
A South Canterbury local, Gretchen hails from an arable and dairy support farm - which is where her interest in agriculture first took hold. This led her to Lincoln University, where she completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture).
She also has practical experience working on arable, sheep and beef and dairy farms, and she credits this with giving her a broad understanding of how differing farm systems work, and building her knowledge base.
Gretchen enjoys working in the agricultural industry, in particular connecting with farmers to both grow her knowledge and help them overcome any challenges they may be facing.
Outside of work, she still likes getting her hands dirty helping out on the farm, as well as hiking and water sports in summer.
Sarah is the Nutrient Specialist for the Northern Southland West Area
Sarah grew on up their family dairy farm in the Catlins, Southland and has always been interested in the agriculture sector. After completing high school at Southland Girls, she headed to Lincoln University, gaining a Bachelor of Commerce (Agriculture). As a part of the practical component of her degree she worked on a dairy farm at Fortrose, and a sheep, beef and deer farm in Mossburn.
After finishing her studies, Sarah moved to the Bay of Plenty where she worked on a kiwifruit orchard before starting her career with Ballance Agri-Nutrients as part of the Customer Services Team. Sarah then moved onto our Intern Programme before taking on the role of Nutrient Specialist for the Northern Southland West Area.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys getting outdoors, playing sport, fishing and catching up with friends.
Hamish joined Ballance in October 2018 as part of our Sales Intern programme, based in the Western Lower North Island, before taking up the Nutrient Specialist Taupo role in February 2019.
Growing up on a 200 ha intensive sheep, beef finishing and cropping farm west of Feilding fuelled a keen interest in the agricultural sector and being part of the farming community. Wanting to pursue a career in Agriculture, Hamish completed a Bachelor of AgriCommerce at Massey before heading overseas on his OE. His journey took him through Europe, the UK and Canada, and included working on Arable farms in Western Australia and Scotland.
He is an active person with an interest in rugby, motocross, snowboarding, hunting and having a laugh over a beer or two.
Lucy Miller is the Nutrient Specialist for the Ellesmere/ Te-Pirita area, joining the Top South Island team in September 2019.
Growing up on a family dairy farm in the Ellesmere area stemmed Lucy’s passion for farming and becoming part of the rural sector. This led her to study at Lincoln University and attain a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture. After completing her degree, Lucy worked for Nutritech International Ltd a leading Animal Nutrition company.
Outside of work Lucy enjoys the outdoors, horse riding, netball/tennis, water sports and spending time with family and friends.
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Phillip - known as Phill - took up the role of Nutrient Specialist Tasman-Buller in October 2019.
Growing up on a dairy farm in the Waikato, Phill received a good grounding in the farming industry. After leaving School he spent a few years working overseas in fruit tree nurseries and orchards, as well as spending time on a dairy farm in Israel.
On his return to New Zealand he spent more time farming, before working in transport industry. During this time, he owned a small lifestyle block running sheep and beef cattle and building his knowledge in these areas.
Phill enjoys fishing, playing squash, watching rugby and spending time with his family.
Originally from Hamilton city, Kristy had a passion for the outdoors and business so decided to pursue a career in agriculture in 2017. She headed to Gisborne to complete the Waipaoa Cadetship which opened endless opportunities in the Agriculture sector.
In 2019 after only 3 months in her first shepherding role, Kristy entered in the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer of the Year Award and came out victorious. This lead to representing New Zealand in Chile at the 2019 APEC Conference for 10 days, as well as a governance role in the Ahuwhenua Alumni committee.
Kristy decided to broaden her horizons and try other roles in the industry by joining the team at Ballance in September 2020. Kristy is excited for the opportunity to share her passion for farming and working with people to achieve their goals, while assisting farmers to find innovative ways to improve farming in New Zealand.
Outside of work Kristy enjoys sport, horses, and spending time at the beach.
Chelsea has been with Ballance since November 2013, starting initially in our cadet programme. Prior to Ballance, she attended Massey University, obtaining a Bachelor of Agricultural Science.
Maree has been the Nutrient Specialist for the Horowhenua/Manawatu since January 2021. Maree grew up in Wellington and moved to the Manawatu to gain a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) from Massey University. Since then, she has held various technical and R&D roles in the agricultural industry, including for AgResearch, Fonterra and ARL, giving her insight into a wide range of farming practises.
Maree and her husband have been in the dairy industry for 12 years. In 2018 they sold their herd and now are in an equity partnership on a 550-cow dairy farm in Opiki, right in the middle of her Horowhenua/Manawatu area. Maree is passionate about her community and enjoys being involved in local activities. Outside of work her two girls keep her busy and she likes to read and fish.
Oliver became a member the Nutrient Specialist for the Te Aroha region in March 2021.
Originally joining Ballance in January 2020 as part of our Sales Intern programme, Oliver has been based in Invercargill supporting our Lower South Island sales team. Through this programme Oliver enhanced his existing skills and knowledge, while displaying his passion for the industry and enthusiasm for helping add value to farmers businesses.
Oliver hails from a family dairy farm near Waitomo in the North King Country. Growing up, he was heavily involved in helping on the farm, so it was a natural step to head to Massey University where he obtained a Bachelor of Agricultural Science. During the university holidays Oliver also furthered his practical knowledge by working on several dairy and drystock farms.
In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports and exploring the great outdoors while also making memories with friends and family.
Madeleine Horne is the Nutrient Specialist for Methven/ Rakaia region, joining the Central South Island team in April 2021. Her passion for the rural sector stems from a background in beef cattle, being raised on a Murray Grey stud in Tapawera, Northwest of Nelson. Madeleine made the move to Canterbury to study a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science at Lincoln University, completing honours in soil science. After graduating, Madeleine worked as a Soil Fertility Analyst for a nutrient supply company which has provided her with valuable experience in various agricultural systems.
Outside of work, Madeleine enjoys staying active with a keen interest in training and competing sport horses.
Nigel joined the Northern North Island Sales team in June 2021, returning for a second stint with the company.
He hails from a small farm in Poroti, just west of Whangarei. Growing up surrounded by dairy farms sparked his interest in the agriculture sector, leading him to attain a Diploma in Agriculture.
After gaining his qualification, overseas travel beckoned Nigel, and he spent 6 years working on cropping and dairy farms in both England and the USA before returning home. Since his return to New Zealand, Nigel has been immersed in different roles in the agriculture industry for over 20 years.
When not working Nigel enjoys time with his family on their lifestyle block in Glenbervie where they run a few beef animals, as well as fishing, mountain biking and trail riding.
Tomiko Mayo is the Nutrient Specialist for the South Taranaki region.
Tomiko grew up in the city, however spent much of her life exposed to a rural lifestyle. She was fortunate to have family connections across the northern North Island where she spent much of her adolescence fishing in the Mangawhai heads and camping in the Kauaeranga Valley. This sparked her keen interest and strong passion for the agricultural sector, leading her to complete a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Massey University in Palmerston North.
Tomiko has worked on a number of farms notably spending her summers in the Coromandel as well as a season in the cow shed. Tomiko also reared calves during her studies in the Manawatu, rearing 500 calves in her first season.
Tomiko joined Ballance Agri-Nutrients in the Customer Relationship role based in the Mount Maunganui head office in November of 2020, before moving to Hawera in August of 2021.
Outside of work, Tomiko enjoys fishing in the Coromandel, camping at our many DOC camp sites and enjoys spending time around a campfire with her friends.
JulieBeth Mikkelsen is the Nutrient Specialist for Te Awamutu East.
She grew up on her parent’s farm in Ohaupo, where they had a dairy herd and a Charolais stud. She then attended Massey University, gaining a Bachelor of AgriScience with First Class Honours.
Initially joining Ballance in April 2013 as a cadet, she progressed to Nutrient Specialist for North Otago in August the same year. After spending two years growing the Ballance brand in the region, JulieBeth left Ballance in August 2015 to help on her parents beef farm in Manawahe. She also spent some time travelling, taking two trips overseas exploring South East Asia, the UK and Europe.
JulieBeth has a passion for agriculture and enjoys getting out on farm and being able to help customers with their nutrient and environmental requirements.
Outside of work, JulieBeth enjoys travelling, playing social netball and spending time with friends and family.
Millie’s passion for the agricultural industry was stemmed at an early age growing up on a sheep beef and deer farm in North Canterbury. This led her to study at Lincoln University and attain a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture. During this time she grew her knowledge base through practical work on both dairy and sheep and beef farms.
Millie joined the Ballance Farm Sustainability Services team in 2019. She has since become a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor. In an ever changing environment Millie enjoys being able to help farmers to achieve the best possible outcomes for their business.
Outside of work she enjoys the outdoors, netball/squash, water sports and spending time with family and friends.