I grew up on a leased dairy farm, and my parents were agricultural contracting as well as farmers. I loved work and spent all of my summer holidays either shifting irrigation pipes, milking cows, feeding calves, mowing and baling hay or seeding and rolling crops.
At the age of twenty one I graduated from Canterbury University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. I decided at this point I needed to broaden my horizons and gain more work experience. I applied for work experience with Krone in the manufacturing heart of Germany and with JF in Denmark. That following twelve months transformed me, as I learnt what it meant to be German and I met my wife, Henriette. Over the following 13 years I worked in the aircraft industry and farm machinery industry in Europe before we returned to New Zealand in 1998, and I took on the challenge of running the family business ‘Tulloch Farm Machines’.