2019 Nuffield Scholar profile – Corrigan Sowman

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Corrigan Sowman

2019 Scholar


Corrigan lives in Golden Bay, in the South Island, with his wife Ruth and their two sons. He is a partner and manager of the family’s dairy farming business with his parents and brother Sam.  
Corrigan is a graduate of Massey University with a Bachelor of Applied Science, was a former Consulting Officer with DairyNZ and a Farm Consultant with FarmRight, in Canterbury. 

As well as managing the 400ha dairy farming business, Corrigan is Chair and Independent Director of the South Island Dairy Development Centre (SIDDC), which operates the Lincoln University Dairy Farm. He is also Deputy Chair of the DairyNZ Dairy Environmental Leaders Forum, an initiative fostering environmental stewardship and community leadership amongst New Zealand dairy farmers. 

Farming practices that strengthen the integrity of the food produced is something Corrigan seeks to better understand. “How can we give our farmers better market signals about the value they are creating in their production systems, especially inside a large cooperative?” 

The purpose of Corrigan’s study was to better understand how the pressure that farmers are experiencing impacts their decision making. These decisions underpin how food is produced – important to society, and especially for countries like New Zealand that relies on the prosperity earnt through exporting food. 

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Current employment

2014 – present
Owner & Farm Business Manager at Uruwhenua Farms Ltd

Other Affiliations

2022 – ongoing

LIC farmer elected Director

2020 – ongoing

Sustainability Panel Member at Fonterra

2015 – ongoing

South Island Dairy Development Centre (SIDDC)
Chair of the Board, Independent Farmer Director






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Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme


Bachelor of Applied Science, Majors in Natural Resource Management and Agriculture, Massey University, Palmerston North

Scholarships & Awards


Kellogg Rural Leadership Scholar sponsored by SIDE (South Island Dairy Event)


William Gerrish Memorial Award –Excellence in Farm Management, Massey University


Dexcel Dairy Industry Scholarship

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