Alumni Profiles

Andy Macfarlane

Andy Macfarlane

Macfarlane Rural Business


Andrew is a past New Zealand President of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management, responsible for New Zealand’s rural professionals. He has a particular interest in building depth in the numbers and quality of young professionals entering the rural sector. He is a Director of ANZCO (one of New Zealand’s largest meat exporters), AgResearch (New Zealand’s Government owned agricultural research organisation, Ngai Tahu Rural Property, a member of the Lincoln University Council, and Chairman of Deer Industry NZ (the body responsible for looking after the interests of New Zealand’s venison and velvet producers and marketers).

Andrew, his wife Tricia and their family, farm irrigated land in Mid Canterbury, focused mainly on dairy, but also including meat and arable production. Their farms are recognised for balancing high production with environmental outcomes. Their home farm, Pencarrow, was awarded the Ballance Farm Environment Award in 2003. Another property in which his family has a major equity share, Kintore Farm, recently won the Dairy Farm Award, Energy Excellence Award, and Integrated Management Award in the 2013 Ballance Awards. Recently they have diversified their family farming interests into intensive beef and deer production, dairy support, and arable production with a focus on herbage and vegetable seeds. Andrew and his family have built a significant commercial property portfolio over the past eighteen years. The Christchurch earthquake triggered some major re development projects which are all now complete.

While overseeing management of the farm and commercial property businesses, Andrew still practices as a registered Farm Management Consultant as principal of Macfarlane Rural Business. Within the farm management consultancy practice Andrew works at a strategic level as well as with individual farming families. He is known for his expertise and experience in water, soil, and nutrient management issues both at an on-farm and regional level.
He also has particular expertise in understanding financial metrics around on-farm systems.