I’m Bert Quin, a New Zealander. I’m not young any more – 68 in fact – so I decided it was time I started sharing a few views and ideas while I’m still around and able to string a few sentences together!
I guess I am best known for my days in agricultural research in NZ and having set up my own fertiliser company (Quinphos then Summit-Quinphos) which has now been absorbed into Ballance Agri-Nutrients. I am still just as passionate about increasing agricultural production and farmer incomes in harmony with the environment as I ever was.
Recent threats to this harmony, particularly resulting from the massive intensification of dairy farming in NZ, have provided me with plenty of incentive to keep finding solutions. We seem to be doing alright in this area, with ONEsystem(R) increased-efficiency urea and the Spikey(R) urine-patch detection and treatment really starting to be noticed.
No matter how passionate we are in our working lives, and how much satisfaction we get from it, we all need a hobby to relax in. Mine is classic car racing. The car you see is the culmination of a 4-year project to build an accurate replica of the famous South African V8-engined Ford ‘Perana’ Capri of 1970 as raced by Team Gunston.
The real challenge was getting it fully certified for road use, but perseverance finally paid off. A lot of sorting is still to be done, but it is great fun to drive and very responsive on the track, with no nasty habits! I would love to hear from other people around the world who have built similar replicas.
Although I have always lived in NZ, like most kiwis I have traveled a lot, particularly for business and research in my case (but not as yet to South Africa!). I like to think I have developed a reasonably independent and mature outlook on the world and its problems and opportunities. I have come to be slightly centre-right in my politics over time.
I hope you find some interest in some of my posts. Let me know your views, good or bad.