27 August 2012
Hunterville Farmer Is The 2012 B+LNZ Young Rancher
Hunterville farmer Peter Fitz-Herbert has been awarded a Beef + Lamb New Zealand agricultural scholarship that will take
him to the Five Nations Beef Alliance and Young Ranchers Programme being held in British Columbia, Canada next month.
Peter, who is the stock manager on the Fitz-Herbert family farm, will accompany Beef + Lamb New Zealand Northern North
Island Director, James Parsons to the Five Nations Beef Alliance. It is made up of producer organisations from
Australia, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand and the United States and meets annually to discuss global issues and
opportunities for the beef sector.
The Young Ranchers programme will provide Peter with an opportunity to meet other young beef producers and to build an
understanding of global beef issues, share their experience and develop networks. There will also be the opportunity to
observe how producer representative organisations can collaborate for the benefit of all beef producers worldwide.
Peter manages 2400 Romney ewes and 220 breeding cattle on the 600 hectare farm which is spread over four separate,
mainly hill country farms.
Off-farm Peter’s interests include New Zealand Young Farmers where he has held a range of office positions and is
currently Marton Club Chairman. He has been a regional finalist in the National Bank Young Farmer contest three times
and two years running he has competed in the Speights Coast to Coast.
Afterwards Peter will report back to New Zealand beef farmers on his observations.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand People and Capability Manager, Diane Falconer said Peter will be a great ambassador for New
Zealand given his active involvement in the agricultural sector and wider community.
About Beef + Lamb New Zealand:
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd is the farmer owned industry organisation representing New Zealand’s sheep and beef farmers.
Beef + Lamb New Zealand Ltd invests farmer levies to help develop a growing sheep and beef industry providing
sustainable returns for future generations. Beef + Lamb New Zealand has four programmes – Farm, Market, People and
Information – to deliver innovative tools and services to support informed decision making, and continuous improvement
in market access, product positioning and farming systems for New Zealand’s sheep and beef sector.