About AgriVantage

Animal Rearing Specialist

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

Founded in 2011, 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 stand by our brands 100%. Sprayfo milk replacers, Biopect and Stalosan are top quality products, used by rearers worldwide. We have no doubt they will add value to your rearing operation.

Meet the team

Warren Tanner

Warren Tanner

Business Manager - Rearing
Warren has established an enviable reputation with farmers and retailers alike for his commitment, knowledge and integrity, supplying quality rearing products that add to farm sustainability.

In 2011, Warren helped establish AgriVantage to fill a gap in the market for quality milk replacers and specialist rearing advice.

“From the beginning we wanted AgriVantage to stand apart as a company dedicated to adding value to farming operations” says Warren. “We only supply proven and premium rearing products, we give good technical back-up and we’re invested in the success of our clients.

“It’s my hope that AgriVantage customers can see that we’re passionate about helping them to get better results by rearing animals in the best way. Animal wellbeing at the start being the key to maximising production in the future.”

With a background in dairy farming, Warren has worked exclusively in rural services throughout his career. Prior to AgriVantage, he worked in rural retail with PGG Wrightson, then in account management and sales for Dow AgroSciences and Tru-Test.

To contact Warren, please call +64 21 370 222, or email warren@agrivantage.co.nz
Christine Swadel

Christine Swadel

Business Manager – Feed Additives
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 Manger with the Australian Barley Board (ABB Grain), diversifying into feed ingredients.

To contact Christine, please call +64 21 669 440 or email christine@agrivantage.co.nz
Cheryl Farrar

Cheryl Farrar

SI Business Manager - Rearing
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, please call 021 744 185, or email cheryl@agrivantage.co.nz
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.