AGRICULTURE

New president for Federated Farmers Northland

Tuesday 30 April 2013, 11:14AM
By Federated Farmers of New Zealand
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Following Federated Farmers Northland Annual General Meeting, Roger Ludbrook has been elected provincial president following the retirement of Matthew Long.

“Northland’s farmers congratulate Matt on what has been an outstanding term,” says Roger Ludbrook, Federated Farmers Northland provincial president.

“Matt started his term as I have now; in drought.  Realistically Northland does not suffer from a lack on rainfall just the means to store it.  Water storage options on-farm and regionally based, are matters Federated Farmers is keen to explore.

“While eastern parts of Northland have go though the drought in reasonable shape, towards the west there remains some concern with winter upon is. My hope is that we will have a benign winter because Northland’s farmers need it.

“I also take over at a time with Kaipara District Council in the hands of commissioners so there is a truckload of local government work to be done for farmers by the Federation.

“The thing I take from Matt and the team is the importance of unity.

“Farmers are at their best when we work together and Federated Farmers has the policy expertise and national presence to best represent Northland’s farmers,” Mr Ludbrook concluded.

About Roger Ludbrook

Roger manages the family farm, Tupe Tupe, which is a 404 hectare beef farm in the Bay of Islands (Kaikohe).  It uses modern farm practices and Roger is the fifth generation of Ludbrook’s to farm there with wife Carol and their children, Henry, Alexandra and Finlay. Conservation plans to protect the waterways and wetlands and preserve the archaeologically rich heritage of the Taiamai garden are underway.  He is currently on the regional council steering committee for the Waitangi catchment waterway.  Roger was Meat and Fibre chair for Federated Farmers Northland for three years and has a degree in Agricultural commerce from Lincoln with a Masters in Bio-Technology from Massey University.

For more information, the website of Ludbrook House carries some useful background details, please click here.