This is where it started.

Our Story

Celebrate Success and Strive for Excellence

Showcasing the Value of Hard Work

Kelly and John’s story of growing the Rylib Group from the ground up, is one that showcases the value of hard work, determination and having a clear vision to be industry leaders.

It started on completion of their tertiary studies when both Kelly and John embarked on adventures overseas, eventually meeting each other in England. 

1992
Returning to New Zealand
Returning as a couple in 1992 they continued their ascent up the corporate ladder until the arrival of their first child (Ryan), in 1995.
1992
1996
In 1996 a long-term goal began to take shape as they purchased Kaiwaiwai, a 205ha sheep farm in Featherston, which they converted to dairy milking facilities accommodating 440 cows.
1996
1999
The 100 year drought
Hit by the 100 year drought in just their second season, Kelly was forced to return to full-time work in Wellington as the couple hired a full-time nanny and desperately tried to keep their dream alive.
1999
1999-2001
The next 3 years
Over the next three years they drew virtually nothing from the business, pouring any available funds into attracting quality people and developing their business model.
1999-2001
1994-2001
A solid foundation
Once they’d established a solid foundation for the business they set about expanding, initially purchasing the adjacent 71ha parcel of land in Featherston, before acquiring another 140ha, de-converting it, improving the irrigation system, splitting it up, and selling it off.
1994-2001
2005
Purchasing Ma Taua and Fairmont
In 2005 they sold Kaiwaiwai and purchased Ma Taua and the Fairmont Farm, both in Mid-Canterbury. From there they bought the Delarbe Farm in Hinds in 2008 and added Hauroa to their portfolio in 2009, bringing their total milking platform to 865ha producing 1,700,000kg of milksolids.
2005
2013
Buying Haslett Block
In 2013 they invested again, buying the 340ha Haslett Block, a sheep farm which they converted into two identical dairy farms, each milking 780 cows.
2013
2015
Akitu Dairies Ltd
In August 2015 they purchased and converted 214ha now known as Akitu Dairies Ltd which milks 820 cows.
2015
2017-2018
Buying out our investment
In 2018 Lloyd and Kerri-Ann Rayner bought them out of our investment in Diversion Farm.

The 2017/18 season saw the Group's total milking platform being 1275 ha producing 2,500,000kg of milksolids.
2017-2018
2019
Parmanently call Chirstchurch home
They now permanently call Christchurch home.
2019
2021
Ryan joins the Rylib Group
In 2021, Kelly and John's son, Ryan entered the family business. He is learning the ropes and will take up the role of General Manager.
2021
2022
Taepu Land Ltd
In 2022, they purchased Taepu Land Ltd. A 59ha cropping farm down Coldstream Settlement.
2022
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Rylib Group Success
John and Kelly attribute their success to the quality people they surround themselves with; highly efficient individuals at the top of their game who they trust to make the right calls. They pride themselves on the unique culture they’ve created, sharing and celebrating the company’s success with those involved, encouraging healthy competition between the farms, and nurturing a work hard / play hard environment.
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We Attribute Our Success to Quality People

Having created the business from scratch they appreciate the challenges their employees face, and take great pleasure in opening doors and providing opportunities for them that may otherwise have been simply unattainable. The people at Rylib Group are, without question, the company’s biggest asset, and the passion and enthusiasm they share has been a vital component in the success they’ve achieved to date.

We celebrate

our group sucesses

We offer great opportunities to grow within the Group and foster long term working relationships with every member of our team.