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CONSULTANTS

CORE MEMBERS

Lieb Venter

Agric Economist (M.Sc. Agric)

Lieb Venter is the managing director of FarmVision. He has graduated from the University of the Free State with a M.Sc. Agric degree in Agricultural Economics.  He has 35 years experience practicing as an agricultural economist where he has been involved in the planning and development of a number of strategic agricultural projects in the dairy industry, beef and crop farming in Southern Africa, as well as Africa. He commands strength in financial modelling for agricultural enterprises and conducting feasibility studies. He is also involved in the establishment of new operations (capital intensive turnkey projects) and the improvement of current operations.  Lieb has been a consultant to various government funded projects wherein he has acted as project manager, strategist, trainer and mentor.  As an agricultural entrepreneur, he brings vast technical expertise into the venture.

Pieter Brönn

Animal Scientist (M.Sc. Agric)

Pieter Brönn is a director of FarmVision. He has graduated from the University of the Free State with a M.Sc. Agric. (cum laude) in Animal Science (ruminant nutrition). He has many years’ experience consulting in the agricultural industry. As a Dairy Consultant, Pieter works predominantly with farmers, providing a broad base of one-to-one consultancy and implementing dairy farm management systems and practices. He specialises in dairy nutrition and management, mainly in pasture and forage-based dairy operations. His key interest is in developing and delivering practical and economical outcomes for farmers, based on sound research principles.

 

Based in Jeffreys Bay, Pieter is involved with a number of leading dairy farmers where he focuses on pasture production and management, herd management, animal nutrition, diet formulations as well as economic evaluation and financial analysis of dairy enterprises. One of his passions and fields of expertise is calf & heifer rearing. As part of the FarmVision team he was also involved in the planning of a number of agricultural projects in the dairy industry in Southern Africa.

 

Pieter is registered as a Professional Natural Scientist with the South African Council for Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP).

Lynn Venter

Training/Admin (Dip. Training)

Lynn Venter is the administrative manager of FarmVision. She has a nursing diploma from Carinus Nursing College and a teaching diploma from the University of the Free State. 

As head of administration she is responsible for the administrative and accounting control of the company, watching over the correct financial management.

 

She oversees the support operations of FarmVision and thereby ensuring that there is effective information flow and that resources are employed efficiently throughout the business. Daily support involves working with consultants, other employees and senior management, as well as liaising directly with clients and suppliers. Her strength is that she is organised and detail-orientated with good analytical skills to run day-to-day operations. 

 

Thukela Mashologu

Agricultural Economist and Consultant. (MBA, B.Sc Agric)

Thukela Mashologu is agricultural economist and consultant at FarmVision. He is also the regional manager for the GENEX Cooperative Development Program in the Eastern Cape Province, South Africa.  His education qualification include MBA from Nelson Mandela University, BSc degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Fort Hare and a Diploma in Agriculture from Fort Cox College of Agriculture and Forestry. He has 17 years’ experience both in private and public sector being involved in the development and planning of strategic agricultural enterprises with specific focus in facilitating joint ventures between commercial operators and community-based enterprises in the dairy, beef, crop and fruit industries in South Africa.

 

He has also played a critical role in the resuscitation of Industrial Parks by contributing in policy development and planning and project management. Been involved in many international missions where he strengthens his knowledge and broad understanding of international agribusiness and rural development policy environment, international trade and multinational partnership arrangements.  He commands strengths in strategic planning, commercial deal structuring and trade & investment promotion.

 

Thukela has been also involved in several boards & trusts of Agricultural Commodity organizations as both Executive & Independent Non-Executive Director and Ministerial Trustee.  As an entrepreneur, a passionate farmer he brings a good mix of both technical and administrative experience to the venture.

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Dr. Kobus Laubscher

Agric Economist (Ph.D Agric Econ)

Kobus Laubscher is a non-executive director and the chairperson of FarmVision. Kobus Laubscher is an independent agricultural economist and strategist, advising agri-businesses, farmers and government, nationally and internationally.  As business leader he is currently involved in various initiatives and projects to make the environment more conducive for sustainable agriculture.  Evidently Dr Laubscher is also actively engagement on policy level ensuring that farmers, commercial and emerging, remain pivotal in starting and upholding a growth revolution in rural areas within a policy environment that is collaborative, enabling and engaging. Primarily policy efficacy evaluation is paramount.  He has 35 years’ experience practicing as an agricultural economist, having undertaken more than 50 consulting assignments in the agricultural economics field over the past 15 years. He has a wide knowledge of the total agricultural spectrum – whilst specialising in the livestock and meat industry, he has also undertaken national assignments regarding pricing models and financial structuring for the maize industry, the potato industry, marketing within the agricultural sector at large, etc. He also has extensive knowledge and experience of support rendering to emerging and small-scale farmers and production systems – serving on various task teams. He is a renowned and respected Agricultural Economist within South Africa and the wider SADC.

Simon Kemp

Animal Scientist (M. Agric)

Simon Kemp is a director of FarmVision. He has graduated from the University of the Free State with a MSA Agric (Master of sustainable Agriculture) degree.  He specialises in Pasture science and Animal science.  Simon is involved at a number of dairy farmers where he does fodder flow planning, production planning and advice, animal nutrition and economic evaluation of dairy enterprises.  He is as nutritionist involved at sheep and beef feedlots.  He also specialises in determination of carrying capacity, farm planning and management of veld and pastures.  He was also involved in the planning of a number of agricultural projects in the dairy industry in Southern Africa. 

Rudi van der Berg

Animal Scientist (B.Sc. Agric Hons)

Rudi van der Berg is a director of FarmVision. He has graduated from the University of the Free State with a B.Sc. Agric Hons degree.  He specialises in Pasture science and Animal science.  Rudi is involved at a number of dairy farmers where he does fodder flow planning, production planning and advice, animal nutrition and economic evaluation of dairy enterprises.  He also specialises in annual production cost surveys and comparison of production cost figures, other related production figures as well as benchmarks for dairy farmers. He was also involved in the planning of a number of agricultural projects in the dairy industry in Southern Africa. 

Riana Reinecke

Animal Scientist (M.Sc. Agric)

Riana Reinecke is a newly joined consultant at FarmVision, but in no way new to the dairy farming industry. She graduated Cum Laude from the University of Pretoria with a M.Sc. Agric. degree in Sustainable Dairy Farming. Riana’s career saw her working for South Africa’s biggest milk buyer and the biggest human nutrition company in the world, to name a few. This equips her with experience from farm level (production level) and dairy product production (producer level), uniquely positioning her to advise in a holistic manner on all aspects of the value chain. She offers a wealth of knowledge, founded on rock solid research and backed with extensive, real world experience.

Kgabo Rammutla

Development Consultant and Srategist. (MSA)

Kgabo Rammutla is a development consultant and strategist at FarmVision. He is also the regional manager for the GENEX Cooperative Development Program in the Highveld area, South Africa. He holds a master’s degree in sustainable agriculture (MSA) where he majored in Rural Sociology, Strategic Management and Planning in Agriculture, National and International Agricultural Marketing and Farm Management for Sustainable Agriculture.

 

He is a Development Practitioner with 15 years rural and urban development experience.  He has experience working with government agencies and non-governmental organizations focused on facilitating and managing Agribusiness and Rural Development, Development Facilitation, Food Security Assessments and Poverty Alleviation Programmes.

 

His areas of expertise include the use of formal, informal and participatory tools in conducting baseline surveys, participatory / action research, feasibility analysis, programme design and implementation, capacity building programmes, multi stakeholder facilitation and strategy formulation.

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ASSOCIATES

Rykie Visser

Agric. Engineering

Marius Tolmie

Human Resources

Janice Giddy

Quality Management

Mias Nieuwoudt

Mechanical Engineering

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Hannes du Plessis

Training

Leander Potgieter

Environmental Assessment Practitioner

Warren Heathman

Geologist

Grant Shepherd

Poultry specialist (MBA)

Mike Copeland

Irrigation and Agricultural Development Engineer

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Agricultural consultancy
Environmental Assessments
Quality Management
Project Management
Training
Research and Surveys
Cooperative Development
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