A volunteer adding value

Northland sharemilker Sheila Russell likes making a difference as a volunteer. Glenys Christian reports. The adage that if you want to get a job done you should ask a busy person is certainly correct when it comes to Tomarata sharemilker, Sheila Russell. Not only is she the co-convener for the lower Northland Dairy Womens’ Network (DWN), she’s also been chair ... Read More »

A system to grow better calves

Anne Lee Suz Wyborn was pretty happy with her calf-rearing system. A busy mum and Canterbury sharemilker milking 850 cows together with husband Joe, she’d refined her system so she could rear more than 200 calves and come out the other end of calving in one piece and sane. So she admits she was pretty sceptical when she was asked ... Read More »

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 »

James Lawn – Consulting officer

Name – James Lawn Age – 24 Qualification(s) – Bachelor of Applied Science, major in: agricultural science, rural valuation and management. Job possibilities – Endless opportunities – anything from rural bank manager, fertiliser representative or consultant, right through to farm manager, farmer, or scientist. I only had to decide, and that is where your personal attitude will come into play – learn to acknowledge ... Read More »

Karla Frost – Farm manager

Name – Karla Frost Age – 23 Qualification(s) – Bachelor of Agri-science majoring in Agriculture Job possibilities – Agricultural service industries, consultancy services, research and development, and sales and marketing, or farm manager, share milker, owner. Employer – Northland Agricultural Research Farm Pay range for first two years – $50,000+ Pay range, 3-5 years – $60,000+ What I like about this job – I get to work closely ... Read More »

Jennifer Armstrong – Service specialist

Name – Jennifer Armstrong Age – 21 Qualification(s) – B.Com (Ag), Lincoln University, IB Diploma at St Peters School, Cambridge Job possibilities – Rural banking, Dairy manager, sheep and beef manager, Agribusiness employee- seeds, fertiliser, dairy, irrigation, Rural advisor Employer – Fonterra Pay range for first two years – $45-$49,999 What I like about this job – It gives me an opportunity to have my foot in the door of such ... Read More »

Monique O’Connell – Consulting officer

Name – Monique O’Connell Age – 23 Qualification(s) – B.Agr.Sci (Hons) Job possibilities – A lot of agricultural jobs from being a scientist to banking to consulting to working on farm Employer – DairyNZ Pay range for first two years – $45-$49,999 Pay range, 3-5 years – $60,000+ What I like about this job – I meet farmers who are leading the field in innovation, efficiency and wider ... Read More »

Paul Edwards – Postdoctoral scientist

Name – Paul Edwards Age – 26 Qualification(s) – BSc, majoring in animal science and agricultural science at Massey, Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Science at Massey, PhD in animal science at Massey. Job possibilities – After completing my BSc I started working at DairyNZ as a research technician, however, also could have gone down the consulting officer route. Lots of other job possibilities at that point, ... Read More »