Educated experts at your farm gate.

We're a business that has scientific grounding and a wide knowledge of all things agronomy. Our team of agronomists are dedicated to looking after you and your farm from the front gate to the back paddock. We have a genuine passion for success that we share with our clients everyday.

James Smith

  • Company Director/Southern Regional Manager
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After completing his Diploma in Farm Management at Lincoln University, James worked as an agronomist and research technician for nine years. Using his great depth of knowledge, he then moved into a farm advisory role for four years. Now James uses his expertise to coach the next generation of Agronomists and oversees sales operations across the Southland & Central Otago regions.

Patrick Davis

  • Company Director/Chief Executive Officer
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Patrick completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Lincoln University in 2011 and he’s has been building on his now extensive experience ever since. Coming from a farming family, he’s grown up knowing how a successful operation is run. And as one of the early supporters of fodder beet he has introduced several innovations that are now industry practice. Passionate about his core role at Wholesale Seeds, Patrick works to execute the strategic plan of the company while maintaining an active relationship with several key clients.

Izaak McDonald

  • Chief Operations Officer
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Izaak joined Wholesale Seeds in early 2018 after several years in the banking industry following a Bachelor of Commerce degree completed at Lincoln University. Based in our Ashburton office, Izaak is responsible for the operations side of the business working closely with the Agronomy team to forecast seed and agrichemical requirements throughout the season as well as ensuring efficient stock movements at each of our four stores throughout the South Island. Izaak also manages our portfolio of wholesale trading clients.

Tristan Arps

  • Site Operations Manager
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Tristan started with Wholesale Seeds in 2016 and quickly rose through the ranks to be appointed Site Operations Manager in 2018. Bringing with him years of experience in the grain & seed industry, Tristan is responsible for all areas of our Ashburton based seed mixing & warehouse operations. Tristan also works with the management team to come up with and implement ways to drive operational excellence throughout the business.

Jamie Ward

  • Agrichemical Catergory Manager/Senior Agronomist - Mid Canterbury
  • 027 567 0774

Originally completing his Diploma in Farm Management at Lincoln University, Jamie now has over a decade’s experience in the agriculture industry. A successful farmer in his own right, Jamie’s knowledge ranging from agricultural contracting to farm management is invaluable to our clients as he is able to relate to farmers and draw on his own experience. Someone who is passionate about our industry, Jamie is excited to watch it grow and become fairer for farmers as he passes on his knowledge and unique insight.