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Richard Hilson

Catchment Chair

Key professional skills

  • Thirty one years experience as a production animal veterinarian
    with a
    primary focus on sheep, beef cattle and deer. 

  • Leadership and governance roles within several veterinary and
    farm related

  • Facilitator of the DINZ Monitor Farm 2007-2010, the HB Originals

  • Advance Party, and discussion groups.



Governance and leadership experience

  • Immediate past General Manager of Vet Services (HB) Ltd.

  • Past shareholder, director and chairman of Vet Services (HB) Ltd.

  • Past director and chairman of Vet Services (Dannevirke) Ltd.

  • Director of DeerPro Ltd.

  • Shareholder and director of Jedburgh Farms Ltd.

  • Executive Committee of Society of Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians.

  • Executive Committee of the Deer Branch of the NZVA.

  • Secretary of the Committee of the HB Deer Farmers Association.

  • Secretary of the Maraharakeke Porangahau catchment group.

  • Chair of Howard Estate Advisory Board (Smedley Station)

  • Chair of Tukituki Land Care catchment group.



Relevant study and experience

  • Recipient of the Alan Baldry Memorial Crook in 2015. This award is to a member of the Society of Sheep and Beef Cattle Veterinarians who has made a significant lifetime contribution to the country’s sheep and beef cattle industries.

  • Initiated and completed the POP Group Study into vaginal prolapse in ewes in 2001-2002, involving 140 farms and 40000 recorded ewes.

  • Published numerous veterinary papers, primarily on clinical aspects of sheep and deer disease and management. Presented to national and international veterinary conferences.

  • Newsletter producer and communicator for Vet Services as well as a frequent contributor to VetScript, the Deer Industry News and several rural publications.

  • Attended two Institute of Directors governance courses.

  • Hosting the BVSc final year students annually, both the Sheep and Beef Special Topic and the Deer Special Topic, for over fifteen years.

  • 2021 HB Rural Professional of the Year, HB Primary Sector Awards.



Farming experience

  • Farming 780ha of sheep, beef and deer in CHB, with a focus on fecund and productive ewes as well as a fully recorded deer herd with equal emphasis on venison and velvet production.

  • Experience in recorded sheep, cattle and deer systems.

  • Member of three sub-catchment groups within the Tukituki catchment.

  • Award winner in inaugural Deer Industry Elworthy Environmental Awards 2000



Tertiary qualifications

  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science, graduating May 1990.

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