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Learn why we call our approach Performance Agronomy™ with a free one-on-one session with your local agronomist. We’ve forged a reputation for having the most technically astute agronomy field staff across the pastoral retail sector, achieving extraordinary yield results for winter-feed crops, including frequently winning yield competitions across regions.

Your free no obligation farm review includes:

  • One-on-one time with your local agronomist
  • Analysis of your farm’s unique climate and environmental constraints, and historical trends
  • Evaluate and calculate which crops work best for your farm system
  • Discuss what success looks like for you
  • Advise on specific solutions and sowing times to maximise chances of success
  • Plan for and secure the right inputs before any further price rises.
  • Morning or afternoon tea on us!
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Central Otago

James Smith

Company Director/ Business Development Manager

After completing his Diploma in Farm Management at Lincoln University, James worked as an agronomist and research technician for nine years. Using his great depth of knowledge, he then moved into a farm advisory role for four years. Now James uses his expertise to coach the next generation of Agronomists and oversees sales operations across the Southland & Central Otago regions.

Thomas Bird

Senior Agronomist - Central Otago

Thomas began his career as a Pastoral Agronomist upon completing his Bachelor of Commerce at Lincoln University, majoring in Agriculture. While studying, his exposure to a number of different farming systems meant he could study what made them successful. Bringing that knowledge into our industry, his attention is now focused on Central Otago where he’s based as a Senior Agronomist. He prides himself in his accurate, professional approach to agronomy and continues to build his unique skillset.

Brendan Burrowes

Agronomist - Central Otago

Brendan has had a wealth of hands-on experience after growing up on a mixed cropping farm in Mid Canterbury and over 15 years’ experience in the grain and seed industry. He is passionate about getting out and about on farm with my clients, and working together to achieve great results. Before returning to his roots in the agricultural industry, Brendan worked in the oil and gas sector off the coast of Western Australia. Now back in Central Otago he enjoys all the area has to offer - you can often find him in the great outdoors fly fishing, hunting or golfing.

Cameron Lowery

Junior Agronomist - Central Otago

Cameron is a graduate of a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture from Lincoln University, and has been a part of our team in an Agronomy Support role since August 2020. Cam is passionate about helping farmers get the best utilisation from their crops and seeing the positive effects for their business that flow on from that. Away from work, Cam enjoys everything the great outdoors have to offer – hunting, fishing, tramping or helping out on the family farm near Milton.

North Otago

Geoff Mavor

Senior Agronomist/Regional Manager – North Otago

With over 25 years’ experience, Geoff has a strong and sound understanding of what’s involved in growing and improving farming systems. He prides himself in providing farmers and growers with expert technical and chemical advice, as well as a great depth of seed knowledge to help clients get the best result from their crops.

Sam Sturgess

Senior Agronomist/Sales Mentor – North Otago

Sam is a Waitaki Boys old boy who has come home to North Otago after completing a Bachelor of Science at the University of Otago. Sam has already amassed seven years’ experience in the field and is eager to show local farmers how Wholesale Seeds can get them growing. Sam excels at rugby, playing for the local Valley club and captaining North Otago in the national Heartland competition.

Craig Cox

Agronomist – North Otago

Craig joined the team in April 2021 after several years in the fertiliser industry. He has also travelled the world extensively as a shearer. He now resides with his wife Kara on the their lifestyle block near Oamaru and enjoys hunting, golf and processing home kill in the weekends. As a Sales Agronomist operating out of the Oamaru store, Craig will service the East Otago region and is stoked to be the latest addition to the growing Catalyst team in North Otago.

Sarah Dodd

Junior Sales Agronomist

A familiar face around North Otago, Sarah has been part of our team in Oamaru as a Summer Scholar during semester breaks the last few years while completing her B Com (Ag) at Lincoln University. Now that she's onboard as a full-time team member, her goals are to provide the senior agronomists with a high-level of support, to build her knowledge in seed bed preparation and agrichemicals and continue to build relationships with the Catalyst customers in her region.

We're in it with you from the ground up

Every day, we work closely with farmers and farm managers to grow crops that deliver great commercial results. We’re side by side with them in the field delivering tailored agronomy advice on the correct seed variety, planting methods, fertilisers and chemical controls.