I am an an avid reader, and a lateral thinker that looks to find real solutions for my clients
Using my personal creativity, I search for smart technologies, production partners or market partners that reduce your risk
I hate waste and have a range of examples where I have shown increased value from best use of product and from what might have been considered ‘waste streams’ or ‘by-product’.
Case #1 – New Zealand Seafood Industry
I have been involved in the New Zealand inshore fishing industry and deep-water fishery.
Within this sector, I have developed programs for full use of landed catch that has included – chef specific product designer products, such as Hoki loins and large fish centre-plate cutlets.
From whole fish processing streams, I have extracted omega 3 and 6 oils, turned fish skins into leather, created Gourmet Cat Foods and utilized offal and pin bone streams into high protein powders for use in animal feed.
I have been involved in the Greenshell Mussel and Pacific Oyster industries, where I have created opportunities for live, fresh chilled, frozen product and gourmet items such as smoked, marinated, and dried retail product. I have also designed uses for shell by-product to reduce costs in waste disposal and enhance revenue streams.
I have represented New Zealand branded product in several international markets where I have spent a great deal of time working with chefs or demonstrating our fine product to the public.
Case #2 – New Zealand Bobby Calf Industry
During my time with Dairy Meats NZ Limited, I led the ‘full use of animal’ strategy.
We not only developed a highly regarded branded veal product, but also fonds & stocks made from veal bones, pet treats made from various by-products, blood products and a range of natural enzymes and extracts, prized in the international market place due to our BSE free beef industry.
I developed and represented the Nouveau Veal and Puppy Platter product ranges in several countries.
Case #3 – New Zealand BioChar
Most recently I have become involved in the science of BioChar production and its use in the NZ farming industry.
Whilst managing a 20,000-hectare farming/forestry business I developed a program for using waste wood from skid sites which was turned into charcoal in a low temperature, low oxygen environment.
This created a product that was 72 – 74% pure Carbon.
This was fed in small daily amounts to beef weaners as result of which we recorded a massive reduction in intestinal parasites to zero egg count within 30 days and weight gain of approximately 1kg per day within 90 days.
As has been recognized in the international marketplace, feeding BioChar to beef animals reduces methane emissions by 18% per animal per day.
In the medium term, feeding animals BioChar daily not only creates a significant increase in revenue stream within the current financial year as animals are sold, but it also allows BioChar to be ‘transported’ by animals across pasture lands where it is deposited to gradually fortify top soil and humus layers.
BioChar is known to assist soil retain moisture and key nutrients, thus reducing eutrophication and enhance Carbon sequestration.
Additionally, it is used in the purification of water.
The immediate economic benefits are not only in animal weight gain and reduction of farming costs but also in the generation of electricity.
Gasification is a means whereby waste wood at domestic production sites could be turned into BioChar not only producing electricity for onsite use, but also a significant supply of BioChar for sale to the primary production sector in the region.