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Wednesday, 8 May 2019

Ravensdown appoints new lead to environment team

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Ravensdown has appointed Nuffield Scholar Rebecca Hyde to its environmental team in the newly established role of Technical Discipline Lead, Farm Environmental Consulting, as the co-operative continues to provide smarter farming solutions to its shareholders nationwide.

Rebecca will provide national technical leadership for Ravensdown’s farm environmental consulting service, with an initial focus on the OverseerFM software programme.

“With on-farm regulations tightening, and as we begin the migration to OverseerFM, it is vital Ravensdown stays ahead of the game,” says Rebecca.

“Building our own capability is key to meeting the needs of our shareholders and enabling our farmers to farm in ways that are smarter and more productive. This is just one reason why smarter farming is something that’s fundamental to the farming community and it’s the future.”

Born and raised on a sheep and beef farm in North Canterbury, Rebecca has a lifetime of agricultural knowledge and was a Nuffield Scholar in 2017.

During her scholarship year she researched how collaboration within the sector can be improved to achieve better environmental outcomes, an area of interest sparked from her involvement with the Hurunui-Waiau Regional River Plan working group.

Mark Fitzpatrick, Ravensdown Environmental Business Manager, says Rebecca offers a unique mix of technical and leadership skills.

“Helping farmers get ahead of regulation is incredibly important. We need more resource across the sector in assisting farmers executing their environmental assessments and creating plans for impact reduction. We know Rebecca, in this role, will be instrumental in continuing to build our farmer-facing capability.

“Rebecca also has a strong history of work in this area and a good reputation in the market for driving collaborative outcomes. We look forward to supporting her in delivering these outcomes with our shareholders.”

Since its implementation in 2013, the Ravensdown Environmental team have dedicated nearly 40,000 hours to helping farmers manage their compliance and mitigations requirements and in the last year have assessed more than 2,110 square kilometres of farm.

The Ravensdown Environmental team now consists of 27 staff members, making it the largest farm environmental consultancy in New Zealand.