Ian Blackman has completed the final draft of a book written for farmers on the complex and problematic topic of succession planning. The book is entitled Keeping Farming in the Family. The preface of the book is: THE ISSUE OF SUCCESSION PLANNING FOR A FARMING FAMILY is...

It is important for farmers to understand how the Emissions Trading Scheme may affect them. The Emissions Trading Scheme draws a distinction between woodlots prior to 1990 and woodlots after 1989.  Any farmer who owns a pre-1990 woodlot has the opportunity to apply to the...

Chris and Ian are delighted that long-time employees Sandy Van Den Heuvel and Rachel Petterson have been admitted to the bar and are now practising solicitors with the firm. Sandy and Rachel have spent the last four years commuting to Hamilton whilst working for BlackmanSpargo. Both of...

As a result of last years Fonterra restructure, the old payout is now broken down into the milk price and the dividend. Because sharemilkers had been paid a percentage of the payout, the issue arose between owners and sharemilkers as to whether the sharemilker should...