Meet the Riverlea Ag Team

Operations Manager

Mike English

A native Cantabrian, Mike was a young boy when he discovered a passion for what would turn out to be a lifelong interest in progressive cropping methods. Born and raised on a sheep and mixed cropping farm in Central Southland provided the inspiration for a continuous quest for knowledge. This led to the completion of a Diploma in Agriculture and Farm Management from Lincoln University.

Still hungry for knowledge, Mike gained a diverse array of farming experience over the years by consistently pushing himself to learn and train in sheep and cropping methods, mainly from local Canterbury farmers. His interest in machinery naturally progressed into travelling across the ditch to gain more experience operating and maintaining heavier machinery. However, like many kiwis, his love of Canterbury drew him back to New Zealand where he started his own agricultural contracting business. Running one of the first medium squares in the region, Mike concentrated on ploughing, cultivating and drilling and excelled in finding and implementing progressive cropping techniques.

Mike has been involved with direct drilling since the early 80's and his expertise led him to be selected to participate in Direct Drilling Trials at Winchmore Research Station. His other outstanding achievements include earning first place at New Zealand Rural Contractor of the year in 2006, and runner up in the Rural Service category in the Ashburton Business Awards in 2007 and 2009.

The skills Mike has accumulated are invaluable in today's competitive environment where customer satisfaction is paramount.