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When the neighbour’s bull paid a visit

Micha Johansen Eketahuna, Wairarapa We’ve made it to nine-months of farm ownership and it’s definitely been worse than we expected, despite attempts to be as realistic as possible before purchase. The very wet winter became a very wet spring, and my “moving on in 10 years” plan became a five-year, then a three-year plan. Fortunately the sun finally came out, ... Read More »

Asparations for success

Asparagus and dairying aren’t industries you think of as working hand-in-hand. But an innovative family has made it work and say the two businesses complement each other nicely. Geoff and Liz Lewis started growing asparagus in 1981 and their business, Tendertips, is now one of the main asparagus producers in the country, supplying major supermarkets and selling through their packhouse ... Read More »

Making milk and waves

Josh Kerridge is a young farmer reaping the benefits of working with family on their 120ha dairy unit in Waihi. He is in the enviable position of being able to fulfil his passions for surf lifesaving and competing at an elite level in surf rowing, while earning a living milking 300 Kiwicross cows. Josh, 20, is the only farmer in ... Read More »

The knowledge exchange

Earlier this year Angus breeder Georgia Davies took part in an exchange tour of Australian Angus studs. She is keen to prove it doesn’t matter where you come from to get into farm ownership. Sam Tennent reports. North Canterbury’s Georgia Davies spent last summer touring Angus studs in Victoria and New South Wales, learning much along the way. While the 23-year-old’s home farm in Oxford is only ... Read More »

Making the most of potential

When run-down Martinborough Station was up for sale, James and Janeen Bruce saw it as their golden opportunity. John Watson reports on the couple’s ride to farm ownership. Photos: Graeme Brown James Bruce understates his own skill and drive when he claims he’s got to where he is with luck. Described by those close to him as just a regular bloke, with the energy of about three, ... Read More »

Meet the Meat Maiden

Food blogger and Come Dine With Me favourite, Kimberly Mayhead, spends office hours at a slaughterhouse. The 27-year-old Hawke’s Bay farm girl is Auckland Meat Processors’ (AMP) quality assurance adviser, and she loves the meat industry. “What I want to do is promote something I’m passionate about, that I know lots about, and that we as New Zealanders should be really proud to produce. It’s our commodity and no one ... Read More »

Notching-up Far North successes

Josh and Stacey Williamson have packed a lot into their five years in the Far North. While Josh has been manager of Paua Station it’s been big productivity and environmental gains onfarm that let it reach the finals of last year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Excellence in Maori Farming Awards. The young couple have also had the birth of their second son Campbell, and reaped many rewards from personal development. ... Read More »

Tautane teamwork

There’s likely to be plenty of teamwork and a healthy dose of rivalry when young shepherds Taane Hubbard and Hemoata Kopa next enter the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer of the Year Award. The couple, who met while studying at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, were both finalists in last year’s competition, which was won by Taane’s cousin Hannah Wallace. The competition alternates each year between sheep and beef and dairy, so ... Read More »

‘HURRICANE’ Carter

Reuben Carter’s choice of the word “hurricane” for both his email address and sheep stud name couldn’t be more appropriate. In his 31 years he’s been through three careers – as a fitter and turner, a tractor mechanic and now agronomist. He was runner-up in the 2014 Young Farmer of the Year competition, has just completed the Kellogg Rural Leadership ... Read More »

Blue sky venture

Former police officer Paul Grayson hopes his venture flying unmanned aircraft will create a new career that will also let him continue helping people in need. Leaving your childhood dream job after 13 years to start a new venture is a nerve-wracking move but that’s what Paul Grayson did. It was a decision he says required a lot of guts ... Read More »