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One milking to 2IC in six months

Glenys Christian Zinettie Clark firmly believes what you learn through any work experience prepares you for something else. And the 19-year-old, usually known as Zee, urges those keen on a future in agriculture while they’re finishing their schooling to get a part-time job, “even if it’s mowing lawns”. “Seek out people who will give you experience because that will get ... Read More »

Welcome to Tiakitahuna

Coming from a city of 8 million, James Luo had no experience of farming. Now the Massey University agricultural science student is working his summer holidays on a Manawatu dairy farm. Jackie Harrigan reports. Working as a summer student has been a great way to learn the practical skills involved in dairy farming for the ‘smiley man from Nanjing.’ Shixiong ... Read More »

The winning ticket

Goats give Feilding saleyard drover Trudy Robertson a point of difference from rearing sheep and beef cattle. Cheyenne Nicholson  reports. A raffle prize was Manawatu local Trudy Robertson’s ticket into starting her own Hereford stud. Quite literally too, the raffle prize being a Hereford in calf Yearling Heifer. The 27-year-old grew up in Feilding, Manawatu, on her parents’ South Devon ... Read More »

Researchers focus on the urine patch

Anne Lee Women and girls have been under-represented in science both at high school and tertiary levels but at Lincoln University a group of smart young women are bucking that trend while simultaneously coming up with findings on one of the most vexing issues facing dairy farmers. All have been doctoral students focusing on forages that can reduce nitrate leaching ... Read More »

Doesn’t do town

After a few years of moving around through a range of dairy roles, Matt Snedden and his wife Kortne want to settle down as a contract milker. Glenys Christian reports. Matt Snedden has come a long way since winning the Northland Dairy Trainee of the Year title back in 2014. The 24-year-old moved south to Helensville to take up a ... Read More »

Lifestyle opportunity

A farm next door to his parents offered chance of change of lifestyle for Gareth and Juliet Levers. Anne Hughes reports. Leasing a farm may not be their best financial decision yet, but the lifestyle change is paying off for Gareth and Juliet Levers. The couple, both 29-years-old, took on the lease in April last year, after struggling to get into ... Read More »

Moving south

After six years dairying in Southland Jess Goodwright is leading the local Dairy Women’s Network. Karen Trebilcock reports.   Being shoulder-tapped for a voluntary role is one of the best things that has happened to southern dairy farmer Jess Goodwright. She and her young family moved six years ago to a dairy farm between Invercargill and Riverton from Otaua in ... Read More »

Balancing act

A young couple are juggling jobs and locations to establish their deer farm. Cheyenne Nicholson reports on the challenges.   Military life comes with many challenges. Throw in a 43-hectare velvet farm, a 10-month-old and living in different cities – and you have the life of Sarah and James Peters. Despite their often hectic lifestyle the couple take it all ... Read More »

Farmers baulk at Marlborough rules

Lynda Gray The overly prescriptive nature of the proposed Marlborough Environment Plan has not gone down well with some local farmers. “It’s humungous, complicated and has so many rules,” Federated Farmers regional policy advisor Kristy McGregor says. The Feds compiled an almost 450-page submission, following eight meetings attended by almost 250 farmers. It listed as one of the major concerns ... Read More »

Transition to a grass-eating adult

Cheyenne Stein Young ruminants are functionally monogastrics for about two to three weeks post-birth. A ruminant’s stomach has four parts: a reticulum, rumen, omasum and abomasum. All four parts are present at birth but only the abomasum is fully developed and functional. Their rumen is small, sterile and underdeveloped at birth. This all needs to change in order for calves ... Read More »