As a young man Mark Warren was called home to take over the struggling family sheep and beef farm in Hawke’s Bay. It was not an easy path, with its fair share of ups and downs, but he stuck with it and turned the farm around.
He is also passionate about four wheel rally driving and spent years rallying in a purpose built Toyota Land Cruiser. He went on to turn his love for off-road vehicles into a business, working with many organisations, including the police, training drivers to handle a 4-wheel drive vehicle in difficult situations. He’s taught many people to drive in tough conditions: snow, ice and mud.
Not one to rest on his laurels, he also overcame severe dyslexia to write a book about his life. Mark is a lively raconteur and will talk about his experiences on and off the farm.
The Meyer Cheese brand is well known in the Waikato, and beyond, for its award winning cheeses. Miel, general manager, will share the story of the family’s business, how they work successfully together, consistently producing gold medal cheeses using milk from the family farm, and how to pick a good gouda (yes, there will be samples!).