B+LNZ Top Crops and Feeding Flops – getting the most out of drystock nutrition: Taihape, Wanganui and Stratford

Event category

These sessions are aimed at all classes of dry stock - sheep, beef and dairy support. They promise to be informative and interactive, make sure you come with questions!


Fitting the right crop to your system with Blake Gunn (AgriCom)

  • Fitting the right crop to your system 
  • Growing a successful crop 
  • Crop performance drivers 

Drystock nutrition fails with Nadine Olsen (Nutritech) 

  • Why we sometimes don’t get the weight gain we expect  
  • Why small nutrients can have a big impact  
  • Why silage quality is letting us down (and is costing us a lot of money)  
  • What can we learn from these ‘fails’ and how to prevent them

Q&A session with Blake and Nadine


Blake Gunn, AgriCom - Blakes current role is to firstly provide Agronomic support to our regional territory managers to keep them up skilled to ensure farmers and retailers are receiving expert advice to guarantee product success. This role has been created for industry collaboration and technical experts to have influence across multiple sectors to help bring synergy to farming businesses. In addition to this, one of his key focus areas includes increasing the connectivity between all aspects of the rural professional scene.

Prior to this role Blake had been the Lower North Island extension agronomist for 6 years which involved running stage 3 on farm trials to develop product system fits and performance across multiple landscapes and climates covering from Taranaki through to the East Cape. This involved harvesting around 4000 plots per year throughout the regions.

Blake grew up on a farm in the Rangitikei, following high school Blake attended Massey University in where he studied towards a bachelor of Agri Science. Following Massey University Blake worked through the summer with a contractor before stepping into the extension role with Agricom, where he has now been for 7 years.

Nadine Olsen, Nutritech - Based in the Manawatu, Nadine brings a practical and enthusiastic approach to ruminant nutrition. She has worked in the nutrition industry for twelve years, and has a passion for driving productivity in the milk, meat and wool sectors. Starting from the pasture-up, she enjoys taking technical information and ‘making it work’ on farm. Nadine studied at the University of Waikato where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Management Studies and a Master of Science, specialising in biochemistry and genetics. Her Master’s Thesis examined genetic and nutritional factors affecting goat milk composition. Nadine is a member of the NZ Association of Ruminant Nutritionists and has successfully completed the Australian Association of Ruminant Nutritionists Examination.

Registration is essential.

  • Morning tea provided at Taihape
  • BBQ dinner provided at Mangamahu
  • BBQ lunch provided at Stratford
Location Venue Date Time Register
Moawhango Dan Cottrell’s – Oruamatua Farm 28 November 9 - 12pm Registration closed.
Wanganui Andy Collins Farm, 315 Warrengate Road 28 November 2:30 - 5:30pm Registration closed.
Huinga Huinga Hall, 503 Toko Road 29 November 11 - 2pm Registration closed.