Nick Anderson is the TSR at Farm Source Hamilton. He arrived in the role three years ago after eight years of dairy farming near Morrinsville and says being a TSR is an extremely satisfying job.
“I really enjoy my daily interactions with my farmers and being able to help with their businesses,” he says.
Nick looks after 154 Fonterra farms in south Waikato and says his aim is for farmers to see their Farm Source TSR as an essential ‘tool’.
“TSRs come with training and knowledge and experience that allows farmers to get the best advice and the right products to suit their needs. I work hard to develop a relationship with my farmers so I am seen as a trusted advisor for them to call on and an important part of their farming business,” he says.
Currently, with the increase in Facial Eczema spores, he’s urging farmers to get zinc into their herds to ensure they do not suffer from any ill-effects. His farmers are also grazing their summer crops so he is beginning to have discussions about their regrassing requirements.
Nick has a particular interest in cropping and urges his farmers to follow best practice to avoid making costly mistakes. And, of course, he’s always on hand to help when the proverbial hits the fan.
“Recently I’ve been out measuring turnip crops as I had a farmer who’d had a bad experience with their contractor’s planting job. This had left large gaps in the crop where weeds have soon become an issue. Thanks to PGG’s Clean Crop system, the weeds were managed and what we had initially thought was going an inadequate crop still produced 10t/ha and the other paddocks exceeded expectations at 14-16t/ha. A great result and happy well-fed cows.”
Nicks says having such a strong network of vendor reps just a phone call away is a great support for him. “The reps from our preferred suppliers are like a wheel of advisors for me. When a farmer asks for advice on a particular product that I require assistance with I can spin that wheel to select the right rep and together we can assist the farmer together.”
Before he took up farming, Nick worked in an entirely different sector – hotel management – for 13 years. His experience in an industry that values efficiency means he sees the appeal in the Farm Source offering.
“I feel that Farm Source is a one-stop shop. We not only have a range of cost-effective products for our farmers in store, we also have a range of deals to assist in the day-to-day operation of their business. That includes Farm Source Rewards Dollars, partnerships with power, insurance and utility companies, and massive discounts for both on-farm and off-farm fuel companies.”
Nick lives with wife Riikka and two daughters, Sofia (8) and Anita (7). When he’s not hanging out with the girls, Nick loves fishing (fresh and saltwater), cooking, gardening and the family pets. He’s also president of the Huntly Gymnastic Club where both his daughters are competitive gymnasts. And, after buying a 1910 villa in Hamilton, Nick and Riikka spend a lot of weekends renovating and bringing the house back to life.