Meet the SIAFD Committee - our hardworking group of volunteers that bring SIAFD to you every second year.

Profiles of the Committee members
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Rodney Hadfield

2019 Organising Committee Chairman

Rodney has been involved in the South Island Field Days for 18 years.  He was the Chairman for 2017 and was asked by the executive committee of which he is a member to stay on to Chair the 2019 Field Days.

He operates an arable farming operation and contracting business, (combine harvesting, cultivation and drilling) which also encompasses an equine feed business, with his two brothers and their wives.
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Alastair Robinson

Executive Committee Chairman

Alastair is the current Chairman of the executive committee, and has been on the organising committee since 2005. He is fourth generation on the family dairy farm, now milking 800 cows all year round.

He is the past President of the Northern A&P Association and the Canterbury Westland branch of the Holstein Friesian Association. He sees SIAFD as an important meeting point.

"The Field Days are a great opportunity for farmers, contractors and the like, to be able to visit one site and see a variety of industry leaders, businesses and catch up with fellow rural people from near and far".
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Michaela McLeod

2019 Organising Committee Vice Chair

Michaela and her husband Ben run a business running independent research trials for the Seed Industry, and Ben is also a local fencing contractor. They have one son Joe.

Michaela has been on the committee for eight years in a variety of jobs for the Organising Committee, mostly car parking and she is currently Vice Chair. 
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Richard Westaway

Executive Committee Treasurer

Richard works on a mixed crop farm near Kirwee, and as well as the SIAFD committee, Richard is also actively involved in the Courtenay A&P Association.

He is married to Rebecca and they have one son.
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Hamish MaGinness

Executive Committee member

Hamish owns and operates a fully irrigated 216 hectare mixed cropping farm at Killinchy. He is married to Taryn and they have one daughter.

Hamish believes strongly in the concept of the South Island Agricultural Field Days and has been a member since 2002. He was chairman of the organising committee in 2011 and has just stepped down as executive chairman.

The committee and Field Days have benefited much from his experience, knowledge and hard work.
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Mark Lancaster

Executive Committee member

Mark is on both the organising and executive committees for SIAFD. He has been part of the organising committee for over 13 years, involved in the car parking, ground and telehandlers.

"I enjoy being part of a committee that organised a community farming event".

He is married to Nicky and the couple have two young sons, Henry and Sam.

"In my spare time I enjoy boating and salmon and trout fishing. I currently work for Digout Services in Rangiora and grew up on a farm in the Kirwee area".
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Dan Schat

Executive Committee member

Dan has just bought his first farm near Darfield with his wife Amanda. They have two children, Lexi and Harper.

Dan has been on the organising committee for over 10 years, recently filling the publicity officer role, which means it is his task to give the public all information about SIAFD and to encourage them to get to the event.

“I enjoy being part of the great volunteer organising committee, and putting on this amazing event for the exhibitors and the public”.
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Hayden Dorman

Executive Committee member

Hayden and his wife Jessie lease 420 ha in Dorie milking 900 cows in a split calving self-contained system. They have a son Adam who is five.

Hayden is a passionate cow man and breeds pedigree Holstein-Friesians and Jerseys.

Hayden has been on the SIAFD committee for seven years. He served in his earlier days in Young Farmers as Dunsandel Club Chair and Tasman Regional Chair. He is currently the Vice President of the Canterbury Holstein Friesian Association and a member of Jersey NZ.
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Simon Gilmore

Advisory Member

Simon is farming in Aysbury and is married with two children.

“We are a large scale calf rearing operation and dairy service bull suppliers, and we also a contract baling business. I am a semi-retired electrical contractor, I have helped with electrical services since 1985 with the central Canterbury power board and since 1989 have been doing the SIAFD electrical work and other jobs as required."
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Tineka Johnstone

Secretary / Event Coordinator

Tineka brings over 15 years of event management experience including the event coordination of The Young Farmer of the Year Contest, RMPP contract work and more recently the Mission Mt Somers running race.

Tineka works from home which is on an angus and wagyu beef  farm in Wainui, Banks Peninsula, which her husband Tony manages and they have three primary school aged children. 
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Alan Sadler

Alan joined the South Island Agricultural Field Days Committee in 2005 as a member of the Darfield Young Farmers Club. He enjoys playing lawn bowls over the summer and supporting the senior rugby teams of Kirwee Rugby Club during the winter months.

He has helped at the Field Days in many ways over the past thirteen years and is a regular attendee at working bees.

He has held a forklift licence for many years and has provided support to the exhibitors setting up their sites and dismantling at the end of Field Days.
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Andrew Stewart

2019 Demonstrations Coordinator

Andrew is a dairy farmer on the family farm in Waikuku, milking 380 pedigree Holstein Friesan cows, with his wife Rachel and young son. He is interested in showing dairy cattle and breeding cows that have high type production.

Andrew has been on the committee for six years and is in charge of the demonstrations for the 2019 SIAFD.
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Charlotte Glass

Charlotte joined the Committee for the 2003 Field Days where she looked after publicity and then was on the Executive for six years.

Charlotte works as a farm and environment consultant and lives in Darfield.
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Chris Watts

Chris works together with his father to run an agricultural contracting business covering the Waimakariri area. Offering a full baling service, cartage, and sandblasting.

Chris enjoys being part of the committee and meeting new people involved in SIAFD.
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Daniel Sheat

Coming soon...
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David James

David is married to Jody, and with three children, has been on the Field Days committee since 1999, He was chairman on the organising committee in 2009 and chairman of the executive committee from 2011-2015. He is the director of David James Engineering Ltd.

“It is a pleasure to have been involved in the Field Days right from when the event was run at Lincoln University”.
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Dean Judson

Dean worked and lived on the Lincoln University Cropping farm for 17 years, where he was co-opted onto the SIAFD committee in the early 1990’s.

“The farm was leased out in 2008, and I stayed on the farm and joined the team at Plant and Food, where I am still working today”.

Dean lives in Doyleston with his wife Sam, and loves playing golf as much as humanly possible, mostly at his home club, Waimakariri Gorge Club.
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Henry Williams

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Martin Bates

Martin joined the committee in 2017 through his role with Tasman Young Farmers. He is an active member of the Dunsandel Young Farmers Club and has got to Regional level of the Young Farmer Contest.

Martin and his partner Vanessa currently contract milk on the family farm in the Kirwee area.
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Nathan Stewart

Nathan owns his own contracting business, Cresslands Contracting, and he specialises in the agricultural sector in North Canterbury and Hurunui area.

He has been on the committee since 2015 and is helping his brother Andrew with demos.
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Phil Lancaster

Phil works on a cropping farm in Springston and is married with one child.

Phil enjoys watching rugby when he’s not working and has been on the committee for nine years.
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Robin Hornblow

Robin manages an 1100 cow dairy farm in Te Pirita for the Camden Group. Robin has been on the SIAFD Committee since 2017 and says it’s a great way to meet like-minded people in the agricultural industry.

Robin is engaged to Kirstie and they have two dogs, two cats and two chickens. In his spare time Robin enjoys fishing, watching the V8 Supercars and exploring the many great walking tracks in our region.
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Rory Burgess

Rory grew up in Christchurch and after he left school decided to go dairy farming. After 10 years, he has now switched to sheep and beef farming near Kirwee. Rory enjoys playing rugby for his local club in Kirwee and helping them out when needed. Rory and his partner, Jeanette enjoy all aspects of farming and giving his three kids, Eli, Oli and Willow a rural lifestyle.
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Tony Redmond

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Tim Sheat

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The SIAFD is a story of success. It has been the result of hard work by young farmers since 1951. About 175 members have served on the organising committee and several hundred others have worked during the field days providing the hands on approach needed to prepare for and run successful events.
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