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Making a case for world domination

Waikato University students locked horns in a fierce battle to develop the best strategy for a New Zealand agribusiness to expand its success in international markets. The students were challenged to come up with the best mock strategy in Waikato Management School’s hotly contested annual Case Competition. NZ-owned dairy technology company, Waikato Milking Systems, gave the students the goal of ... Read More »

Johnny Rowe – Banking

In the first of a new series of stories about OE agri-Kiwis, Johnny Rowe transferred his kiwi agri-banking career to the bright lights-big city of London and not only survived the global financial crisis but has thrived since. Andy Rowe found out Johnny loves the high rolling stakes of global acquisitions but still hankers for the Kiwi farming sector. The ... Read More »

Andy Lowe – Agrimap

Standing atop a hill, surveying his leased farm, 18-year-old Andy Lowe wondered what size each of his paddocks was. The most obvious answer – get out the measuring wheel. “Hold on,” he thought to himself “I have a surveying degree.” So Andy pulled up a satellite map of the property and accurately laid out his fence lines and boundaries, enabling ... Read More »

Vincent Borgers – Data systems analyst

A university degree with a mixture of plant biotechnology and computer studies has been a winning mix for Vincent Borgers who uses both his strengths in his role with Plant and Food as a data systems analyst, creating a system to efficiently record and access data on kiwifruit cultivars. Job opportunities are broad for people graduating with agricultural or horticultural ... Read More »

Rachel Worth – Farm services officer

With a nurse mother and accountant father, Rachel Worth had to rely on Dunedin school friends to spend time on farms as a kid. Now, aged 27, she has 400 mixed aged hinds, 120 R2s, 150 R3s and R4s plus weaners and 13 stags to take care of at AgResearch’s world-leading deer research unit at Invermay near Dunedin. Employed as ... Read More »

Loretta Smyth – Farm manager

Loretta Smyth has proven herself as a farm manager developing a rundown farm and is now making similar inroads into Northland College’s underperforming dairy farm. Jackie Harrigan talked to Loretta about realising potential – in her dairy herd and in the agri-academy students learning their trade on the farm. Getting the most out of a farm and getting the most ... Read More »

Brychan Morgan – Contractor

Called “iron disease” by some of the old hands, buying machinery and working as a contractor or travelling overseas for contract work is a tried and true way to build a business or earn some good coin to help pay varsity bills. Jo Grigg talked to some Southern boys who are driving their careers – and some big machines. Expanding ... Read More »

Jayden Harvey – Sharemilker

Jayden Harvey has been in the dairy industry since he was 15 years old but he manages to balance his dedication to a busy job with farming competitions, club activities, outside interests and community work. The Opunake dairy farmer managed to get away from the farm and cows to celebrate his 21st birthday in November with a holiday on the ... Read More »

Thomas Macdonald – Dairy business analyst

Numbers figure largely in the life and psyche of Thomas Macdonald so it’s little wonder his first job in agriculture is as a dairy business analyst. Hailing from a family dairy farm at Gordonton on the outskirts of Hamilton, he knew he wanted to be involved in agriculture but didn’t want to move straight into farming. His innate love of ... Read More »

Ben Richmond – Xero rural strategy lead and head of sales

Chances are William Richmond, the colourful character who founded Richmond Meats in Hawke’s Bay, would be very proud of his great-grandson, Ben. The younger Richmond is adding value to farmers’ businesses in a very 21st century way, as rural strategy lead and head of sales New Zealand at Xero. In October, Ben visited the village near Oban on the west ... Read More »