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Fixing fences and driving tractors is men’s work – Not a chance!

Not a chance says New Zealand Agricultural Fieldays as this year they are opening the entry criteria for Fieldays Rural Bachelor, allowing both male and female contestants to enter the competition. Fieldays Rural Bachelor has been a popular fixture on the Fieldays calendar for 13 years, searching New Zealand and Australia to find eight talented rural competitors to test their ... Read More »

World record attempt, Trans-Tasman rivalry & national titles up for grabs at 2018 Hilux New Zealand Rural Games.

The 4th Annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games will be a massive weekend of rural New Zealand Sports and events aimed at getting young and old active and involved. Held in The Square, Palmerston North, the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports attracting more than 200 athletes from a diverse range of disciplines from both sides of ... 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 »

Where are they now? Sarah Gard

Kicking off a new series for Young Country we are taking a look back at some of the awesome young people we have profiled in pages of Young Country, Country-Wide and Dairy Exporter in the past and catching up with where they are now and how they have progressed in their careers. Starting off the series is Sarah Gard (Nee ... Read More »

Top students celebrated at Agriculture Awards Dinner

Over 250 people gathered at Massey University’s Sport and Rugby Institute on Friday night for the Agriculture Awards Dinner. In its 24th year, the awards bring together students, industry partners and educators to celebrate Massey’s best and brightest students and alumni, rewarding excellence inside and outside the classroom. For many of the students, the night marks their last outing as ... Read More »

2018 Zanda McDonald award shortlist announced

A record number of applicants have been narrowed down to a shortlist of seven for the prestigious agribusiness badge of honour, the Zanda McDonald Award. The trans-Tasman award, now in its fourth year, recognises agriculture’s most innovative young professionals. The four New Zealand and three Australian finalists for the 2018 award were selected for their strong leadership skills, passion for ... Read More »

Prime cuts

Anne Hardie For Georgie Moleta’s 21st birthday, her parents gave her a great wooden butcher’s block. It’s a creative piece of artwork made from aged posts and the different timbers found on the farm, but more importantly, it’s a sturdy work bench for her fledging home-kill butchery business. Two years on, her small business is capable of vacuum-packing cuts of ... Read More »

Learning with the lease

Leasing the farm next door to where Willy Jenkins works has served him and wife Claire well. Glenys Christian reports. The opportunity to lease a neighbouring sheep and beef farm for the past six years has given farm worker, Willy Jenkins, a greater belief in his own abilities. “It’s been confidence building,” he says. His wife, Claire, describes him as a ... Read More »

Drawn to the lifestyle

As a youngster Sam Olney just wanted spend time on a neighbour’s dairy farm. Now he’s onfarm business manager and looking to have his own farm. Jackie Harrigan reports. Sam Olney cried when he rode his bike home from the neighbour’s dairy farm, when they told him he couldn’t come and help anymore. He was 10 and had been hanging around ... Read More »