James BULL 
- Born: 8 Mar 1934, Wanganui N.Z.
- Died: 8 Apr 2010, Wanganui N.Z. aged 76
Another name for James was Jim.
James Bull buried in Hunterville
Stuff 16:30, Apr 12 2010
Agricultural baron and prominent racing administrator James Bull was buried today in his central North Island home town of Hunterville.
Dr Bull, who died at his home on Thursday of cancer, was 76.
He was known as the Potato King after developing the biggest potato farm enterprise in Australasia from modest beginnings.
He planted his first crop of potatoes on 14 hectares of leased land at Hunterville soon after leaving Wanganui Collegiate, the Manawatu Standard reported.
The tractor he used was bought with money from selling homemade ladders and possum skins obtained during the summer.He sold the potato business to Wattie's 20 years later, in 1984, and in his own words, "took a punt" on two sheep and beef farms.
James Bull Holdings now has four major farming cells in the region, with 35 fulltime employees on farms in Hunterville, Taihape and Raetihi.
Dr Bull hailed from one of the best known families in the central North Island. The town of Bulls got its name after his great grandfather James Bull Snr opened a store and hotel there in 1868.
The strong agricultural and racing links were passed down the family dynasty and Dr Bull became one of the country's best known racing administrators, becoming president of the New Zealand Racing Conference in 1988 and stepping down in 1992.
He was a key figure in the Rangitikei Racing Club and his horse Magnitude won its main race, the James Bull Rangitikei Gold Cup, three times in the 1980s. The horse, trained by Dr Bulls' sister Margaret, also won Sydney's rich Epsom Handicap in 1985. His son Adrian is a prominent horse trainer.
Dr Bull was made an OBE in the 1995 Queen's Birthday honours for his distinguished service to farming and agribusiness.
He had strong links to Massey University and in 2005, it conferred an honorary doctorate of science on him.
Massey pro-vice chancellor of sciences Professor Robert Anderson extolled him at the time as an outstanding agricultural businessman.
"The leadership of Dr Bull over the past 52 years is one of the best examples of why New Zealand's agricultural sector sustains an against-the-odds position in the global economy."
A daughter, Ali McLean, said her father would be sorely missed.
"It's obviously a huge loss, a great loss to everybody actually. Not just our family, to agriculture in New Zealand," she told the Standard.
"He was a pioneer in what he set out [to do] and in most cases accomplished. We are very, very proud to have known such a man.
"I think the work that he did speaks volumes."
Image courtesy S A Lawrence website Ancestry - 2018
James married Living