2 Minutes with Terry Parminter from KapAg

This week Farmbase spent two minutes with Terry from KapAg, who shares what he sees as the challenges and big opportunities for 2022.

What can you help people with? 

I work with livestock farmers, industry-good organisations like DairyNZ and Beef + Lamb NZ, and central and regional government.  I have a background in farm management and farming systems and I am particularly focussed on farmer strategic decision making that integrates their business, their family-life, the environment, and their production system.  Often new farmer clients have particular areas of their farming business that are difficult to resolve satisfactorily for them.  I can assist them explore options and implement these in practical and profitable ways.  I work with industry and government clients on projects that build on my analyses of farming systems and my understanding of how to clarify complex decision making for farmers and rural communities.

What's your company's story? Why did you set up and when? 

My wife and I established the company in 2009 when we moved from the Waikato to the Kapiti Coast.  Before then I had worked as an Agricultural Scientist with AgResearch at Ruakura Research Centre and Whatawhata Research Centre, specialising in farm management and farming systems.

For institutional and government clients I have almost 100 papers available on our web site covering the key principles and lessons that I have learnt over the years.

What big challenges/opportunities do you see for 2022?

The year 2022 includes a number of developments in natural resource management that will affect livestock farmers over the next few years.  We can expect central government to make decisions about the method that will be used to charge farmers for greenhouse gas production.  Central government will be wanting consultants with farm planning expertise to be certified to work with farmers producing environmental farm plans.  Regional Councils will be consulting with rural communities over the next couple of years in preparation for introducing draft regional plans in 2024.

Iwi, rural communities and catchment groups are expected to make a much bigger contribution to the next series of regional plans.  These groups are being invited to contribute their values and natural resource aspirations to this process.  There are approaches from multiple criteria analysis that can be used to make these consultations more objective and transparent, and less conflict ridden.  I am working with some community groups to evaluate some of these options. 

In my work with rural community groups I work across agricultural sectors and professions in order to achieve community outcomes.  Sector groups such as those currently working with dairy farmers, sheep and beef, deer, arable, and horticulture will need to develop skills in working across multiple interest groups if they are also to contribute in the community space, and this does seem to be beginning to happen.

Where are you/what are you doing when you're not working?

I live in Paraparaumu on the Kapiti Coast and work from a home office.  When I am not working in my business I am in a five hectare bush block that we own, checking pest lines and controlling weeds, and monitoring the wild life that we share it with. 

How do people get in touch? 

People can contact me via email or phone: terry.parminter@kapag.nz or +64 21 902656.


Terry Parminter talking with dairy farmers about herd grazing management.