Recently appointed Hawke's Bay Federated Farmers president Will Foley talks to Amy Shanks about the challenges his new role brings and goals for the future.
1 What is the most challenging part of your new role?
"Just some of the current projects and issues affecting people, such as the dam and the Tukituki land change. They are potentially vast changes to the landscape and inevitably that comes with issues, it's just trying to deal and cope with those and find solutions."
2 Tell us a bit about your background in farming, leading up to your appointment?
"I run a farm operation, my dad has retired so I took over; my brothers have gone to the other side and taken over our contracting business. I run the farm, we have three different bases, I employ three other guys, it's all sheep and beef."
3 What do you hope to achieve as president of Hawke's Bay Federated Farmers?
"Just to challenge myself, to collaborate with other groups and sectors. Working for people and achieve a great outcome."
4 Would you like to see changes in the use of quad bikes on farms across the region?
"Not in the regulations, I would just like to see increased awareness of the risks they can present.
"It's good to have education and other tools to eliminate the risk they pose."
5 How are local farmers coping after what was a particularly long and trying summer?
"Physically Hawke's Bay is in a really good state, that's come as a huge relief to farmers who, two months ago, would have been struggling. A majority of them will probably see a drop in stock value in the following years' budgets.
"We are coming to the end of scanning, the ewes have got fewer lambs for the coming season, which is not a surprise, because it was very dry when they were tupping in March and February - but it's not all bad news."