Doug has 25 years’ experience in the dairy industry with extensive farm management experience in the Manawatu, Taranaki, Hawke's Bay and Australia. Starting off in the industry as a teenager completing an Agricultural Cadetship. Doug went on to complete a Bachelor of Ag Science extramurally through Massey University.
Doug's initial involvement with BEL Group was in 1994, after meeting Peter Barry at a conference and taking up a position at Longrow to manage Cloverlea for two seasons and assisting with the Kowhai Terrace dairy conversion.
In the years that followed, Doug entered various 50/50 share milking contracts and was share milking for five years at the Snee Road property, purchased by BEL Group 1st June 2012, now known as Reigate. By June 2013 Doug was Farm Manager at Ashton and took on the role of Operations Manager for the Winter Milk Farms, overseeing Ashton, Fairlea and Springfield, in 2016 he was promoted to Production Manager, overseeing all farms and support blocks in the BEL and Longrow portfolio