• Good Mates

    Last night I managed to catch up and have a beer with a good mate of mine Tom that I have known since school. It was great to be able to get together again and share a few yarns over …


  • Gladfield Malting Barley Shield Winners 2019 Season

    The Gladfield Malting Barley shield was won this year by Altonbrook farm situated between Lakeside and Southbridge and owned by Lyell and Val McMillian It was awarded for a line of Tavern Barley
    The McMillians run an extensive arable operation …


  • A bit of Hot Crumpet!

    We all like a bit of hot crumpet now and then and Gabi and I are no exception. Like all small business owners when we set out on our journey into the unknown world of owning our own business and …


  • Up or Down?

    On Wednesday Gabi and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary at Gladfield. We have known each other a little over 16 years the same age as our business and it has been an absolute blast all that time. Yes, we …


  • When the shit hits the fan

    The old man used to tell me whenever the shit hits the fan, “Stop growling there is always someone worse off than yourself”, (easier said than done). That used to wind me up even more because all I really wanted …


  • Gladfield Press Release: Coronavirus

    Over the last few weeks, we have seen unprecedented events unfold all around us. At Gladfield, we are no different than any other business. We have been steadily working behind the scenes to ensure first and foremost the long term …


  • Resilience

    After 26 years of farming you might think I would have learnt a thing or two about resilience. One thing I have learnt is resilience is not something that we are born with, Resilience is making a decision to play …


  • The big 4-0

    I was ten years old when my old man celebrated his 40th birthday, and I can remember thinking at the time that 40 seemed pretty old and crusty. I must admit the old man certainly had a lot of selective …


  • The Bus Ride

    Yesterday was the last day of the school term for young Fred and Trev. It was also the last day for their bus Driver Ted to drive past the Gladfield Farm-gate. Yeah I know it’s a bit confusing with the …


  • Brain Fart of the Month

    Brain Fart of the Month

    First of all, a shout out to all Dads. Cheers to us, special people!

    Spring is here! Ye-ha, it’s getting warmer and the days are getting longer, more time for drinking great beer with Gladfield …


  • I love my Staff

    I Love My Staff. At Gladfield we have a great team of over twenty including part-time full time and contracted staff.

    We have come a long way in 15 years when it was only Gabi and I bagging up last …


  • Raising the Bar

    Gladfield Malt Roadshow

    After my first day at school, I couldn’t help thinking this is great when I am older enough to leave, I’ll know everything, and I will be able to conquer the world.

    Well, it wasn’t long before …


  • Staff Motivation Tool

    Staff Motivation Tool

    A large pink frilly bra turned up in our office the other day disguised in a brown paper bag!

    At last, an answer to all my troubles. I had been looking for a solution for a very …


  • School Lunches

    School Lunches

    Ever since my first day at school way back in 1978 I’ve had a problem with school lunches!

    Back in the day it was Marmite sandwiches, (Vegemite if you’re in Australia) occasionally Mum would splash out and we …


  • Sustainability is the latest feel-good word

    Sustainability is the latest feel-good word that most people nowadays associate with the environment. It’s kind of a new trendy word that replaces the 1970’s word which was “Peace”.

    Let’s face it “Sustainability” is just another way of saying “let’s …


  • Improving your Handicap

    Improving your Handicap

    Just like playing golf or any sport for that matter, it’s so much more enjoyable when you are good at what you do. But it is even more fun if you win now and then.

    Of course, …


  • Smokin it!

    Smokin it!

    At Gladfield we have a smoke free police some of the time, but most of the time we are Smokin it!

    It’s that time of year when people begin to hibernate and the best way to hibernate is …


  • Life is not just about getting a reward but also recognition.

    Life is not just about getting a reward but also recognition.

    Life is not just about getting a reward but also recognition.

    Everyone likes to be rewarded these days with higher pay, and it’s the big thing in the workplace …


  • The Bugler

    The Bugler

    Did you hear the one about the bugler who got stage fright and bombed the last post? That was me 30 years ago when I first started playing the Bugle for the R.S.A. There is nothing worse than …


  • HAPI


    Last week Gladfield had the good fortune to be able to attend the HAPI symposium and festival held at Te Papa in Wellington. There was a large crowd of craft brewers and industry leaders and Gabi and I enjoyed …