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Big station aims for top shepherd Lexie

Cambridge-raised Alexia Phillips – known as Lexie – came to Otiwhiti a skilled horsewoman but with little else in the way of farming nous. Last year she graduated as both top academic and top cadet from Otiwhiti’s agricultural training school. A buddy going shepherding while Lexie was still at Hamilton’s Hillcrest High spurred her to sign up at the 3250 ... Read More »

Bright dairy future for top Taratahi cadet

Few young men appreciate the cow as much as Justin Ruygrok does. The former boarder at Auckland Grammar was top of the dairying strain at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, Masterton campus, as well as 2015’s best overall student. “I’ve always had a passion for farming, but when I went to high school I was still a bit indecisive about my ... Read More »

Students pioneer new agri careers programme

Farming is a lot more than cows and gumboot,s 30 Waikato high school students were told at the inaugural Rabobank Agri Leadership programme this week. “We tried to give them a taste of the science and business behind onfarm systems and show how the sectors are all interconnected,” co-ordinator Alanah Vinson, a 22-year-old agribusiness graduate, said. The years 12 and ... Read More »

Former townie at the top of his game

Peter Wilson always knew he wanted to go farming because of his love of the outdoors, animals and action. He just wasn’t sure how he’d go about it. The 20-year-old former townie hails from Rotorua. His parents weren’t involved in agriculture – his father is a family photographer – but they’ve been supportive of his passion. So when a careers adviser ... Read More »

Checking the China milk market

Winner of a 2015 Prime Minister’s Scholarship for Asia, Lincoln University masters student Nathan Sheppard is now in China researching opportunities for New Zealand’s pasteurised milk in that country. “You can read as much as you want about China from NZ, but you really need to be here and see the complexity and scale of the markets for yourself to ... Read More »

NZFMA Feed Trainee of the Year

Born-and-bred Gore resident Craig Jones modestly says he has “a bit of experience” in the feed milling industry – and along with aptitude and enthusiasm it played a key role in his winning of the New Zealand Feed Manufacturers Association’s Feed Trainee of the Year Award for 2015. The prestigious award recognises the trainee achieving the highest overall marks in the Association’s industry ... Read More »

Young Horticulturist Grand Final

The six finalists in this year’s ‘Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015 Competition’ will face off in the grand final showdown between small town New Zealand and the country’s big three cities in Auckland next week. The finalists – all winners of their respective horticulture sectors – will compete in the Young Horticulturist of the Year 2015 Competition’ grand final ... Read More »

Growing talent

When Sophie Blair and Tim Brooker started their university education neither of them had any interest in the arable sector. But a lot can change in three years and both unexpectedly discovered they had an interest in plant and soil science that they are keen to pursue. Sophie from Massey University and Tim from Lincoln have won a place on ... Read More »

Shemozzle 2015

The Shepherds shemozzle in Hunterville recently attracted record crowds, both of competitors and of onlookers. The Childrens Shemozzle was won by a local, Zane Brooks from Hunterville, from a field of 200 children, double that of last year. The Teens race was taken out by Hunter Werthmuller, also a local who attends Palmerston North Boys High School from the field ... Read More »

Young ag journalists encouraged to be global leaders

Ten young leaders in agricultural journalism joined together to discuss agribusiness issues from around the world and further develop their skills in leadership and agricultural journalism at this year’s International Federation of Agricultural Journalists (IFAJ) boot camp, sponsored by Alltech. Representing 10 countries and three continents, recipients of the IFAJ-Alltech Young Leaders in Agricultural Journalism Award further developed their skills ... Read More »