B+LNZ Northland Annual Showcase

This promises to be a great day out observing farming in the Bay of Islands.

Theme: Opportunity knocks – Best land use as we look into the future.

Join us for an outstanding day at Mack and Toby Lynn’s farm in Paihia. 

Day starts at 10am with registration and a cup of tea. 

A fully catered lunch will be provided.

About the hosts

Mack and Toby Lynn (Lynn Brothers Partnership) lease this farm from a family trust.

There are 1,800 head cattle (10,000SU) on 440ha. They also run a 1,100 head calf rearing system, deer, and efficient beef systems on 160ha in lanes and 160ha in cells.

Their goals include reducing stock losses, and maximising profitability while allowing leisure. They also aim to purchase this host farm in 5 years.

What to bring on the day

Clean footwear, wet weather gear, an appetite to learn and motivation to take action.

Also bring along a mate or neighbour!

Keynote presentations

  1. Esther Guy-Meakin is the BLNZ Manager for International Trade. She has a background in trade policy and trade negotiations after a career at the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Esther will focus on what are the tangible trade gains made for your farm business and what other gains they are working on.
  2. Bob Thompson is an AgFirst consultant who has worked with farmers for over 40 years in various roles with the most notable as a sheep and beef consultant for 25 years. Don’t miss the opportunity to tap into Bob's 40-years of wisdom on the key steps and techniques you can put in place to achieve your goals, as well as improve profitability in your farm business.
  3. Mandi McLeod of of Systems Insights, Ltd will help turn what appears to be a complex and daunting activity (succession) into a process of manageable steps. Mandi has been quoted as stating that “A change in ownership and/or management is inevitable for every business—everyone exits eventually. But moving out of a business is often harder than moving in”. Come and hear how you can land your succession or exit. Mandi has personal family experience navigating this process plus wider New Zealand and international experience in this area.

Other topics to be covered

  • The Farm Environment Plan. This ‘plan’ could be your demonstration, your ‘public licence’ to manage natural resources in a financially, socially and environmentally sustainable manner.
  • Update on projects happening in the NNI region and how farmers are getting value including Extension 350 (E350) and the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) Action Groups.
  • The opportunities with trees/carbon backed up by real case studies so you can understand the full picture.


To assist with catering, please register to Rachel Jukes (B+LNZ) on 07 839 0282 or email: rachel.jukes@beeflambnz.com


When attending a B+LNZ field day please ensure you have clean footwear and vehicles are not carrying fresh muck or vegetation. This will help reduce the risk of spreading weeds, pests and diseases onto our host farms and across our country. To stay clean, we need to be clean.