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About

About AgriVantage

Animal Rearing Specialist

On farm with Simon Juby of Orini checking kid weights for weaning.

AgriVantage is the animal nutrition division of Chemiplas Limited.

We pride ourselves on providing New Zealand rearers and farmers with quality, cost-effective milk replacers and innovative rearing solutions designed to provide young animals with the best start in life.

We also supply feed additives, feed safety ingredients and biosecurity aids.

We stand by our brands 100%.

Sprayfo milk replacers, Stalosan F and Biopect are top quality products, used by farmers and rearers worldwide. We have no doubt they will add value to your farming operation.

Ask for advice.

When you purchase any of AgriVantage’s brands, you also have access to the absolute best advice on how to get the most out of our products.

With the backing of Dr Bas Schouten, one of New Zealand’s most renowned experts on animal rearing, Nutritionist Natalie Chrystal and Trouw Nutrition (manufacturers of Sprayfo), we can advise you on best practice, help to monitor growth and help you maximise the development and subsequent production capacity of your livestock.

Meet the team

Christine Swadel

Christine Swadel

New Zealand Team Leader
Highly experienced in the import of animal feed additives and animal health and welfare products, Christine has earned a reputation for adding value and providing the very best support to her customers.

She’s been part of Chemiplas Limited (of which AgriVantage is a division) for over a decade, specialising in feed safety and additives predominantly for the swine and poultry market.

Adding an extensive product portfolio to AgriVantage, including amino acids, enzymes, energy sources, functional nutrients, minerals, vitamins, feed safety and biosecurity, the Feed Additives division adds value at corporate, feedmill and farmer level.

“We represent global best brands in the industry” says Christine, “we also keep abreast of the local market and international trends to ensure we offer the latest products and technology to help our customers maximise production sustainably.

“And we back that up with technical support and service at the highest level.”

Previous roles for Christine include 22 years with the Lanolin Trading Company, starting in exporting and working her way up to the position of Managing Director. On behalf of the wool scouring industry of New Zealand, she marketed woolgrease to the global lanolin, cosmetic and pharmaceutical markets. She then worked as AgChem Manager with the Australian Barley Board (ABB Grain), diversifying into feed ingredients.

To contact Christine:
Call +64 21 669 440
Email christine@agrivantage.co.nz
Jaco Neven

Jaco Neven

North Island Business Manager
Based in the Waikato, Jaco comes with a strong rural background and experience in a variety of agribusiness roles ranging from quality management in the feed industry to retailing nutritional products, including Sprayfo milk replacers. He also has extensive experience in pig and poultry management.

Jaco hails from South Africa, where his family have a long history in sheep and beef farming. He notes this background is at the forefront of his thinking always.

“I understand that what I bring to the table has an impact on farm and it’s my responsibility to ensure that impact is a positive one” he says.

Having worked for Trouw Nutrition for 3 years in South Africa and more recently for AusPac Ingredients (another supplier of Trouw Nutrition products) in New Zealand and Australia, Jaco offers a comprehensive understanding of the Sprayfo range and the science behind each one.

Working with farmers is Jaco’s ideal role. “Farmers are the backbone of the economy” he states. “I admire their ability to run successful businesses in an ever-changing environment.

“Challenges are nothing new to the primary sector, it’s my job to ensure we harness advances in the industry and equip farmers with functional tools and support to optimise performance.

“I feel privileged to work at AgriVantage, a business that is founded on growing better animals with innovative science-based products and excellent technical advice.”

To contact Jaco:
Call 021 370 222
Email jaco.neven@agrivantage.co.nz
Cheryl Farrar

Cheryl Farrar

South Island Business Manager
Based in mid-Canterbury, Cheryl provides technical and sales support to our South Island farmers. She’s a former dairy farmer and calf rearer with several years’ experience in multiple farm service businesses.

Her understanding of the challenges and objectives on farms all-round the South Island makes her a great asset to the AgriVantage team and hopefully to your business too.

Cheryl’s story starts on a dairy farm at Reefton on the West Coast, where she grew up. She began her career as a dairy farmer at Mosgiel, milking 1,200 cows. She also reared calves for several years.

Since then, Cheryl has continued to relief milk while also working all-round the South Island as Sales Consultant for Fiberfresh, Territory Manager for CRV and more recently as Technical Sales Consultant for Milkbar.

Her time at CRV and now with AgriVantage appeals to her interest in breeding and rearing animals to maximise their genetic potential.

“It’s great to be part of a business that is focused on rearing healthy animals, selling products that are scientifically developed and proven effective. I am passionate about these products and helping farmers to use them to best effect.”

Cheryl stresses that she does not take a one size fits all approach. “Finding solutions for individual farms is what I am about.”

To contact Cheryl:
Call 021 744 185
Email cheryl@agrivantage.co.nz
Natalie Chrystal AgriVantage

Natalie Chrystal

Technical Advisor, Nutritionist
An authority in nutrition for all animal types, we count ourselves lucky to have Natalie working with us to provide technical support to farmers and feed manufacturers.

Having grown up on a mixed livestock farm in Zimbabwe, Natalie has worked in the animal feed and nutrition industry since 2001 - in Africa, Europe, New Zealand and the South Pacific. She’s covered various roles, including that of nutritionist for a major international premix supplier, research nutritionist and commercial nutritionist.

Representing industry bodies, Natalie is a committee member of the New Zealand Association of Ruminant Nutritionists and a member of the Australian association. Natalie is President of the NZ branch of the World Poultry Science Association and is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management. She is fully conversant with NZ MPI regulations and in addition to technical support, provides registration and QA support to AgriVantage.

Now an independent nutritionist, she’s an integral part of the AgriVantage offering, providing customers with advice on using our product range. And bringing us new opportunities for continued improvements in feed efficiency and profitability.

Improving profitability in the rural sector is what drives her: “Burn down your cities and leave our farms, and your cities will spring up again as if by magic; but destroy our farms and the grass will grow in the streets of every city in the country.” - William Jennings Bryan
Dr Bas Schouten

Dr Bas Schouten

Technical Advisor
Dr Schouten has a well-founded reputation as one of New Zealand’s few experts on calf rearing. He has long been an advocate of the advantages of whey-based milk replacers for calves, goat kids and lambs.
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