Ballance has a team of experts covering the entire country
Hannah joined Ballance in 2016 as a Sales Cadet and then went on to cover Nutrient Specialist positions in Northland and the Waikato.
Hannah moved into a Farm Sustainability Senior Specialist role in September 2019, based in Pukekohe. She completed her Science degree at the University of Otago studying Land and Planning Development and Environmental Management. She has since become a Certified Nutrient Management advisor.
Hannah enjoys spending time with friends and family whilst being active outdoors.
Aaron joined the Farm Sustainability Services team in November 2019 to follow his passion in Farm Sustainability. He moved to this role following 11 years as a Key Accounts Representative for Ballance, covering the Waikato and King Country Regions. Prior to that he had worked as a Nutrient Specialist for Ballance in the North Waikato and King Country areas.
Aaron grew up on the family dairy farm in the King Country. He went on to achieve an Honours degree in Agricultural Science at Lincoln University, and furthered his practical education by working on both dairy and sheep and beef farms. In 2015 completed his certification to become certified as a Nutrient Management Adviser. And has since also completed Soil Conservation and Green House Gases courses at Massey University. Aaron is also certified with the Waikato Region Council as a Certified Farm Nutrient Advisor (CFNA).
The opportunity to get out and meet a variety of farmers is one aspect of the job that Aaron really enjoys. He also gets satisfaction from working with his farming customers to make a positive and sustainable change for their farming business.
When he's not working, Aaron likes to indulge in some fishing and spend time with his family.
Sara was born and bred in rural Hawkes Bay, gaining dairy, sheep, beef and deer experience throughout her early years. A passion for the sheep and beef industry led her to study a BSc and MSc in Animal Science and Agriculture at Massey University, with her primary Masters research investigating the on farm factors that may affect lamb growth, carcass characteristics and meat quality.
Having a drive to move south, Sara moved to Otago to work for AgResearch in the Animal Genomics field team, conducting research in the sheep, beef and deer industries.
Sara joined Ballance in April 2016 as a nutrient specialist to work alongside farmers to add value and drive farm profitability. Sara is now a senior farm sustainability specialist in Otago/Southland and looks forward to working with farmers and industry to overcome environmental challenges and to farm sustainably for future generations. Outside of work she is involved in the rural community through the Young Farmers club and enjoys a range of outdoor activities including mountain biking, skiing and hunting.
Briar commenced her role of Farm Sustainability Services Regional Manager in January 2019, based at Mount Maunganui.
Briar joined Ballance in early 2017 as a Nutrient Specialist in the Taupo region, previously working for Farm Source, DairyNZ and AgResearch.
Briar grew up in Bulls on her parent’s dairy farm before moving into Palmerston North to attend Massey University. While there she completed a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Animal Science and Agricultural Science, followed by a Post-Graduate Diploma in Animal Science.
Now CNMA qualified, she has a strong passion for sustainability both in her work and personal life and strives to support New Zealand’s food and fibre producers to make positive on farm change.
In her downtime she loves spending time at the beach, reading and socialising with friends and family
Growing up in urban England, Rebecca never imagined a career in agriculture let alone New Zealand. After finishing her Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management at Kingston upon Thames in London Rebecca was lured to the Land of the Long White Cloud and has never looked back.
Since arriving in New Zealand in December 2014 Rebecca has learnt a great deal about the Canterbury farming systems. Keen to get stuck in and not afraid of getting her hands dirty Rebecca worked on a Mid Canterbury potato farm along with working for South Pacific Seeds. Rebecca joined the Ballance Farm Sustainability Services team in July 2016 and is now one of our Farm Sustainability Services Senior Specialists.
Rebecca is always keen for a challenge and enjoys pushing herself to learn and achieve new things. She is a passionate believer in sustainability and relishes the opportunity to help farmers continue to farm for generations to come.
As a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor Julie loves helping farmers with the pains of growing environmental regulations. Julie takes great pride in assisting farmers through completing nutrient budgets and farm environmental plans to help them understand the positive effects of following Good Management practice on both their farming system and Environmental Sustainability.
Growing up on an Arable property on the coast of Mid Canterbury and working on a dairy farm as a Lincoln student Julie has always had an excellent grasp on farming systems and been passionate about all things agri.
Julie joined the Ballance Farm Sustainability Services team in July 2015 after completing a Bachelor of Environmental Management and Planning from Lincoln University.
Julie loves to get out and about in her spare time and enjoy the great outdoors as well as helping out on her parent’s property and taking part in the activities of the Pendarves Young Farmers Club.
Jessica has always been connected to the agricultural industry after growing up on a dairy farm on the plains of North Otago and South Canterbury, although she loves the land and agriculture she got enough dairy experience growing up to know to not fall in love with a dairy farmer.
While at University of Otago, Jessica had a summer internship at Environment Canterbury in their water quality team. After graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science, Jessica travelled to parts of Canada and America.
With some travelling under her belt, it was time to return home and find a job she could be passionate about. Since joining Ballance in September 2016, she has returned to her roots in the agricultural industry and loves providing support to farmers, and helping them to farm within limits due to the ever increasing regulations.
Erica lives, breathes and loves everything arable farming. Her passion for the industry and its success, has fostered from growing up in Mid Canterbury on her family’s intense spray irrigated and lamb finishing business. Now living on her partner’s South Canterbury arable property Erica remains very in touch with the pressures of farming businesses.
Driven from a need to understand and report her home farms environmental footprint Erica stepped back from her day to day on farm involvement to upskill in the nutrient management space. This led her to joining the Farm Sustainability team in September 2017. Erica enjoys engaging with farmers, using her practical farm systems knowledge to provide a quality service.
Out of work Erica is never far from a cook book and is planning her next food creation. She loves spending time cooking for and entertaining family and friends. Her love to travel, also ties in quite nicely with her love of food with trips to Italy and Vietnam to gain new skills. Erica will also take up any opportunity she can to be out on the farm, especially doing her part over harvest.
Carolien is a Senior Farm Sustainability Specialist based in the Waikato region.
Starting with Ballance in 2006 she joined us as a Nutrient Specialist, both in the Hauraki Plains/Coromandel/Waihi and more recently was based in Huntly.
Carolien is passionate about the agriculture industry and has been involved in judging the Ballance Farm Environment Awards for 5 years. She provides a wealth of knowledge on whole farm nutrient management - complemented by a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor. Carolien can provide tailored advice that promotes sustainable practices on farm while meeting the needs of industry certification, regulatory compliance or application for resource content.
In her spare time Carolien enjoys spending time with her young family, friends, gardening and in the outdoors
Nicole joined the Farm Sustainability Service team in January 2020, working from our Morrinsville Service Centre.
She gained a Bachelor of Science from Massey University in 2017, with a focus on both animal science and biological sciences. Prior to joining Ballance her work has been predominantly in the dairy industry, covering the sustainability, food safety and quality spaces. Nicole also has practical experience in the industry spending her downtime from university on dairy farms and, as a Cambridge local, has spent considerable time on thoroughbred stud farms.
Sustainability is an area of high importance to the future of New Zealand agriculture, and Nicole feels privileged to be able to assist farmers in navigating this complex topic.
Jeni became a member of the Farm Sustainability Services team in February 2020, based out of Feilding.
Jeni’s passion for the agriculture industry was sparked at a young age, having been born into a dairy farming family. She has followed this passion over the years into various contract milking and share-milking roles, as well as spending the last 14 years working in rural sector – with 9 of those in the fert industry. As part of these roles she has looked after a local client base and managed a portfolio of large corporate customers along with privately owned commercial enterprises.
Prior to joining Ballance, Jeni started her own consultancy business which specialises in environmental work along with full farm supervision. She is a Certified Nutrient Management Advisor and has completed many short courses at Massey University to give her a well-rounded understanding of most farm systems.
She enjoys working with farmers, using both her practical experience and agronomic knowledge to help them achieve their production and sustainability goals. Her spare time is spent with family and friends exploring the great outdoors and helping her husband with managing a large dairy farm.
Kevin joined the Farm Sustainability Services team in early 2020.
Born into a family with its roots in farming, it was inevitable that Kevin would work in the agricultural sector. He has held a number of roles from milking assistant and working on dairy farms to rural earthmoving, sales representative for Hynds Pipe Systems and even a period as a Ballance Nutrient Specialist in the Rotorua area, finishing in 2016.
Kevin then took some time away from Ballance, splitting his time between working as an independent Farm Sustainability Advisor and managing the day-to-day operations of a family-based rural earthmoving contracting business. He returned to the Ballance fold in May 2019 with a stint as Key Accounts Nutrient Specialist for the Central Plateau, before moving on to his current position in Farm Sustainability Services.
Through all of this, Kevin has developed a deep understanding of both the challenges the farming community faces, and the opportunities to build on what they are already doing. He brings a wealth of experience and a passion for farming and assisting NZ farmers to achieve their goals.
When he is not working, Kevin’s focus is on spending time with his family and friends. He is also a keen mountain biker who loves the local Rotorua trails but also enjoys traveling around the country exploring new places to ride.
Keegan Hodges joined Ballance in June 2019 as a Sustainability Services Specialist Assistant.
During his younger years he spent many hours on his grandfathers farm in Taranaki which sparked an interest in farming. However it wasn’t until his agricultural and geography classes during high school that led a Bachelor of Applied Science majoring in Environmental management at the University of Otago. During his studies he completed many practical field trips and eventually found a more specialised interest in soils which he hopes to further develop through a Masters degree in the future.
At the end of his third year of university he worked as a research assistant and undertook a week of soil sampling in the Earnscleugh area, just NW of Alexandra. After graduating in 2019, he joined Ballance as a Sustainability Services Specialist Assistant and is now based at Ballances head office in the Mount.
Outside of work, Keegan likes socialising with friends and family, dirt bike riding, and being outside.
Kate joined the Farm Sustainability Services team in June 2019, based in the South Island.
Born and bred in Mid Canterbury on an irrigated mixed sheep and cropping farm, Kate then went on to Lincoln University completing a Bachelor of Commerce & Management.
Together with her husband and two children, they farm a 650cow dairy farm in an equity partnership near Hinds. This has given her first-hand experience at dealing with environmental compliance as their farming operation falls under a Land Use to Farm consent and are required to make Nitrogen reductions. Kate enjoys being able to help farmers through this space to achieve the best possible outcomes for their business.
In her spare time, when not helping on the farm Kate enjoys horse riding, squash, water sports and spending time with friends and family.