Many people have been part of CRV Ambreed’s 50 years in business. One thing amongst staff has remained consistent over time – the knowledge and dedication and passion that CRV Ambreed’s team bring to their customers on-farm.
Neil Gamble says his field consultant role with CRV Ambreed was the only real job he ever had.
Neil spent 20 years’ helping dairy farmers increase the value of their herds and loved his job before retiring in 2018.
He left school at 15 and went straight into contracting on-farm. By 1967 he was leasing a small family dairy farm, adding two more neighbouring farms to the unit over the years, and contracting to a local tractor company during some downtime.
He finally sold the farm and took a commissioned consulting role with CRV Ambreed (Ambreed at that time) in 1997.
“In 2009, the Otago/Southland consultants all got moved from contracting roles into permanent positions, and it was a huge laugh that I finally landed my first job at 64 years old,” he recalls.
He started as a breeding consultant just south of Dunedin and eventually took on the broader region from Oamaru to below Balclutha. Eventually he worked all over the South Island as a “locum” filling in when the team needed some extra hands.
In 2017 he became the regional sales and services manager for the Lower South Island.
“It was a real honour working with all of my clients. They all went out of their way to welcome me to their farm,” he adds.
During his years at CRV, Neil also admired and was inspired by the passion of his colleagues.
“I would’ve retired earlier if CRV didn’t have that sort of passion. It runs right throughout the company. Everyone is willing to work 24/7 for their farming clients, because they’re so passionate about what they do. That’s unique in a business today.
“CRV is also a very caring company as far as staff are concerned. If something ever happened, the amount of support you had around you was unbelievable. That took all of my worries away and meant a lot.
“The consultants were a pleasure to work with. They’re very knowledgeable with a very high level of experience. I’ve retired with confidence that my former clients are in great hands,” he says. “I look forward to watching the business continue to thrive in a time that genetics is becoming more significant to our farming systems.”
Neil Gamble’s story is part of a series of client and staff stories celebrating CRV Ambreed’s 50th year of proven performance in New Zealand.