Dr. McGrath’s experience and credentials underscore the Sollus commitment to delivering farmers trace element and supplement products based on good science and evidence.
His experience stretches from researching and lecturing on animal health and nutrition at Australia’s University of New England, to farm-side experience as nutrition manager at Rangers Valley cattle station.
While at the University of New England Joe researched the mineral-vitamin interactions in grass based dairy and beef systems. Much of the science he studied there has been applied to the Sollus nutrition and mineral products now available in New Zealand.
Eight years spent at Rangers Valley meant Joe was heavily involved in developing nutritional programmes for 50,000 head of cattle Today Joe covers much of the Pacific region advising a wide range of ruminant farmers on how best to optimise their feed inputs and maximise animal health, welfare and productivity.
His experience both in nutritional research and hands on feed operations mean he is well placed to offer farmers practical, affordable and realistic advice on addressing their production issues.
With over 20 years of involvement in the agricultural sector, Erin is well known to many farmers, particularly in the upper North Island.
He has experience on both sides of the fence when it comes to being a farmer, and advising them. This includes several years running a large agribusiness machinery company, and also being involved in a family owned and operated farming business in the Waikato.
Erin brings a deep understanding of the challenges that seasonal pastoral farming systems present to farmers wanting to optimise animal production, and the ability to offer the best solutions to those challenges.
Erin welcomes the opportunity to discuss herd nutrition and mineral needs, and how Sollus can help improve your herd’s productivity.
Bruce joins the team with a lifetime of experience in the rural sector and a wealth of knowledge that can only come from operating and owning a farming operation himself.
From farm ownership Bruce moved into the rural retail sector starting on the shop floor and moving up to management level. Bruce was recruited by a supplier into a career in dairy hygiene for 10 years where he was highly regarded for his ability in dealing with milk quality issues and related animal health such as mastitis, etc.
From there he moved back into the rural retail sector but this time as an account manager, helping farmers from Taupo to Northland, ultimately leading a team of on farm technical field officers in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.
Bruce became the senior advisor on agronomy, crop and seed and nutrition and within the business.
He has a large network of professionals he can call on for specific expertise if need be and a passion for the industry.
Feel free to give Bruce a call.
Tony joins the team with 16+ years in the Dairy industry including six years day to day operations on dairy farms followed by 11 years in the rural retail sector. A family man, born and raised in Tokoroa, he developed a passion for the industry at a young age, holidaying on family dairy farms.
Tony is Rural Servicing Certified via Primary ITO and industry trained in agronomy, including cropping inputs, chemical use, dairy nutrition, water reticulation and animal management. He has close links to a list of sector experts across the Central North Island to aid in forming whole-of-farm solutions.
Tony has an easy-going nature and enjoys building relationships with those he works with. He looks forward to sitting down to discuss your unique farming situation, learning about your business from you and tailoring plan to fit.
Communication is open, visits are recorded, and a history is created for future reference.
Feel free to give Tony a call today
Zane’s spent 32 years dairy farming and contracting in the Wairarapa, Golden Bay, Kaikoura and Canterbury. His focus over that time was on maximising production while maintaining a high level of animal health and keeping firm control of costs.
His mission statement with his own staff has always been, ‘treat other people as you want to be treated and never forget that cows are people too’.
Zane was, until recently, a customer of Sollus. Farming in South Canterbury, his experience with the impact Sollus products had on the 1,200 cow herd he was managing was enough to convince him to join the team – the first based in the South Island.
At the same time Zane made the move to Tuatapere in Southland, where the short winter days mean the Sollus range has a perfect fit. Now he looks forward to helping others achieve the same outcomes that he benefitted from.
Growing up on a dairy farm in Tokoroa and working on several others has ensured Jason has a solid foundation on the ins and outs of dairy farming in New Zealand.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Business from Massey University, he was introduced to the Sollus team after completing a development program with global feed science company DSM.
Jason is involved in all aspects of the Sollus business, from marketing and sales to operations and logistics giving him good insights and a solid network to call upon if needed.
Jason has a keen interest in sports and the outdoors and takes pride in helping NZ dairy farmers meet their goals and build strong, healthy, and productive cows.