Ian Gavin was destined for a lifetime of dagging ewes on the family farm in Te Uku. His Dad was a pioneer of rotational grazing in the 50’s and had built up a successful operation fattening lambs but shearing and drenching wasn’t for Ian. His real passion was growing crops.
Ian Gavin and his wife Helen had been experimenting with maize on their home block in Te Uku when Ian felt the winds of change. The young couple came under local pressure to lend their knowledge, skills and work ethic on neighbouring farms and pretty soon the GAVINS began hiring to keep up with demand. Their first employee Ron was contracted for 3 weeks over the peak of the first season and 43 years on he’s never left.
It’s now 2019 and GAVINS has well over 100 staff, a relentless R&D effort across the business and a thriving and rapidly growing client base. The future of farming looks to be just as challenging and exciting as the past 40 years and GAVINS will be there throughout to support its customers with knowledge, experience, innovation and hard work.