Alex Macmillan and his wife Colleen began farming 324ha — mostly covered in manuka — at Pipiwai, Northland in 1966. Farming has been in the family for many generations and with his experience and observations of electric fences and gateway products Alex decided it was time to come up with an alternative.
Now aged 80, Alex and his son Michael are involved with bringing the Lomacs Gateway Hinge Spring to the agricultural sector. Further work is being done with the marine industry where opportunities exist.
In his spare time Alex still performs AB work on the farm, most likely one of the oldest active technicians in NZ, having started 62 years ago. And he knows how to breed the best too, with his Hinterwald taking out the 2012 Steak of Origin.
“I felt there had to be a better way to operate gateways that are controlled by electric tapes. Rather than whinging about what others had created, I thought I should get into gear and devise a solution myself and a couple of years ago set about designing a bullet-proof model — based on my observations over decades of farming.”