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NZ Grassland Association Inc

New Zealand Grassland Trust

Aims - to encourage, promote and foster the advancement of grassland farming in New Zealand.

The Trust was inaugurated in 1964 as the Grassland Memorial Trust, to commemorate the efforts of exceptional grassland pioneers, such as A.H. Cockayne, Sir George Stapledon, Sir Bruce Levy, researchers Dr Peter Sears, Lionel Corkill, Dr C.P. McMeekan and Dr Ray Brougham, and farming leader Dr R.A. Candy, each of whom contributed significantly to build New Zealand’s pastoral farming industry. It became the NZ Grassland Trust in 2001.

Copy of Trust Deed

NZGT Trustees

John Caradus (Chair); Derek Woodfield (Deputy); Bryan Guy; Anders Crofoot; Pat Garden; Alan Stewart; David Stevens; Jacqueline Rowarth

NZGT Awards

  Awarded annually at the NZGA conference

1. David Scott Award

The David Scott Award will be available annually to a person who is a mid-career and developing scientist /agribusiness specialist/ innovator associated with the pastoral farming industries who seeks to undertake travel for conference attendance or further (postgraduate) study with a focus on hill country or high-country research.

The Award will provide $3,000 per annum. The Award is instituted in memory of Dr David Scott who, in 2018, left a significant endowment to the NZ Grassland Trust for the benefit of members of the NZ Grassland Association.

Criteria for selection:

  • Member of NZGA
  • 5 to 15 years into their career whether in research, agribusiness, or farming
  • Travel could be within NZ or overseas
  • Purpose is to advance leadership and/or knowledge that will in some way benefit hill country or high-country farming 

A detailed report on the learning gained from the study to be provided to the NZGT within a month of completion of the travel.

Applications for the 2022 year close on 1 August 2021

Download an Application form here or they are available from Bruce Belgrave - email

2. Ray Brougham Trophy

The Trust awards the Ray Brougham Trophy to a person associated with the pastoral farming industries who has made an outstanding national contribution over their working career. This was instituted in memory of the Dr Ray Brougham, Director of DSIR Grasslands 1970 – 1985. The Brougham family donated a bronze statue of a seed sower to the Trust, which is presented annually. 

Nominations are to be sent to Bruce Belgrave by 1st of March each year ( Nominations are to be accompanied by a 1 page bio.

About Dr R Brougham


The 2020 Winner Gerald Rys, MPI

2019 Winner Dr Gavin Sheath is recognised for his work on
pasture management and sustainable farming systems.

2018 Winner  Tony Rhodes, PGG Wrightson for his contribution to pastoral farming through his career as a farm consultant. 

2017 Winner was Dr Ants Roberts, Ravensdown

2016 Winner - Prof Derrick Moot, Lincoln University

Video presentation

D Moot Presentation slides


2015 Winner - Dr Alec Mackay, AgResearch, Palmerston North

2014 Winner - Dr Stewart Ledgard, Agresearch, Ruakura 

Download Stewarts presentation


2013 Winner - Dr Syd Easton, Emeritus Scientist at AgResearch

2012 winner - Tom Fraser, AgResearch 

Download Toms presentation


Download Dave Clarks presentation

Download Marc Ulyatts presentation

Download Colin Holmes presentation

For a list of past recipients

3. NZGT Regional Award

This award was introduced in 1997 and is made to an appropriate person, living in the region where the annual NZGA Conference is being held. It recognises exceptional effort above and beyond the normal career contribution that supports the regional pastoral agricultural industry, be it technology development or an aspect of farming itself.

For a list of past recipients 

The 2019 Award - Maurice Gray, research technoicain in the Hawkes Bay, orignally with MAF then at Poukawa Research Station

2018 Award - Peter Anderson, vet, Marlborough

2017 Award - Rob Gollan, farm consultant Whanganui

2016 Award - Nicky Hyslop, farm consultant, chair of Irrigation NZ

2015 Award - Chris Garland, Baker and Associates, in recognition of his commitment and contribution to extension and consultancy services in the Southern North Island region. 

2014 Award - Aaron Meikle, Beef+Lamb NZ for extension services to farmers and cural Communities in the Central South Island Region.

2013 Award - Martin Hawke in recognition of his commitment to continue servicing the field research needs of the BOP region; and the robust and accurate way he has conducted his work over many years.

The 2012 Award - Dr David Stevens, AgResearch, for his 30 year contribution to the sheep and deer research and extension onto the farm in Southland.

4. Farming Awards

Pat and visitor NZGA 2010 Each year the Trust makes two awards, for excellence in grassland farming, to enterprises within the Annual Conference region. Nominations are solicited from individuals, consultants and relevant organisations in the host region, and are usually the farm-owning partners, but can be managers or sharemilkers.

The major requirements sought include:

  • Good grassland farming - an impressive, profitable grassland-based business, run for at least five years on the property.
  • Innovative approach - using the latest grassland technology effectively.
  • Sustainable management - a good degree of sustainability in the enterprise and a strong responsibility for environmental matters.
  • Communication skills - passing on good grassland farming skills to others in the region, and including local community activity.

Each winner receives a framed certificate and five years' NZGA subscription, to enable them to accumulate the latest grassland information through the NZGA Annual Conference and its papers.

5. Levy Student Scholarship

The NZGT Levy Student Scholarship commemorates the lifetime efforts of agricultural science pioneer, Sir E. Bruce Levy, in developing and communicating grassland science at the old Plant Research Bureau, later DSIR's Grasslands Division, and currently part of AgResearch in Palmerston North. This an annual scholarship for two suitable students each from Massey and Lincoln University, embarking on the second year of a Bachelor of Agriculture or Applied Science Degree in the agricultural area.

Each scholarship is for $3000 over one year. Applications from second year students are invited each year,.

To apply, download and fill out an application form - LEVY Application 2020.

Applications to be submitted electronically to by March 30th each year

Further Information

For further information about the New Zealand Grassland Trust please email the Secretary/Treasurer, Bruce Belgrave.


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