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Tongariro triumphs at Otiwhiti

“Told you we should have left the shield in the van.” That was the triumphant cry from one of the supporters of the agri-skills team from Tongariro School last week when they won the Land Based Training Otiwhiti Station Interschool Challenge Shield at the Rangitikei station for the second year in a row. Tongariro team leader Chicago Albert was proud ... Read More »

Young shepherds take on the world

Two young Kiwi shepherds are going to France this week to take on the world’s best in an international test of sheep farming skills. Katey Craig and Mitchel Hoare will represent New Zealand at the second World Young Shepherds Challenge, in Auvergne, on September 30 and October 1. Craig, 21, is a junior shepherd at Otiwhiti Station in Hunterville, while ... Read More »

Honing skills to boost agribusiness

A new partnership between Primary ITO and Aoraki Polytechnic has signalled the start for a new era of agribusiness education in Canterbury. Farmers, horticulturalists and other agribusiness decisionmakers now have a new opportunity to gain business skills through the diploma in agribusiness management, to be delivered by Aoraki Polytechnic. The programme helps agribusiness owners and managers improve their business sills. ... Read More »

Kick start your career with Ballance

Ballance Agri-Nutrients is calling for applications to its 2015 agricultural and process engineering scholarship programme. Specialist skills in the areas of engineering, science, precision agriculture and agri-business have been identified, by a Ministry of Primary Industries report, as key areas to support the future of New Zealand’s primary sector.  This is a view shared by Ballance. The Ministry for Primary ... Read More »

Good prospects for young Māori in Agriculture

With a buoyant agricultural economy and a larger base of Māori agricultural assets, it is an exciting time for young Māori considering a career in farming. “With a skill shortage in farming and with a number of scholarships and training options available to Māori, this is a great time to secure a career”, says Aaron Hunt, Rural Adviser at Te ... Read More »

Taratahi expands to Auckland, China

Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre is expanding its operations in China and Auckland and Southland. Agricultural programmes in Auckland will be delivered from Unitec’s campus. Taratahi will deliver a 13-week Level 3 Certificate in General Farm Skills programme for people who need to improve their skills, who are looking for a career change, or are lifestylers. In Southland Taratahi this month ... Read More »

Beef Industry Young Leader Selected

Twenty-eight-year-old James Bryan is this year’s Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) beef industry ambassador at the Five Nations Beef Alliance conference and young leaders programme in the United States.  James beat 13 other applicants to win the B+LNZ scholarship, which is now in its fourth year. The scholarship, which covers the full cost of conference attendance and travel, is ... Read More »

Agri-careers promoted

Agriculture is ”far more than milking cows and drafting sheep”. That was the message from Jacqueline Rowarth, professor of agribusiness at Waikato University, to a group of Dunedin secondary school pupils last week. ”It’s everything that New Zealand does because New Zealand business is agribusiness … Our whole lifestyle is from what we export,” she said. Pupils interested in a ... Read More »

Farm given for nation’s future

Benefactors Jim and Diana Howard and their family have left a legacy for the future of sheep and beef farming and the economy with the establishment of their historic Westoe property as a training and demonstration farm. Lincoln University and the newly formed Lincoln-Westoe Trust will operate the 400ha farm north of Bulls as the university’s lower North Island base ... Read More »

New head for Primary ITO

Mark Jeffries has been appointed as the head of Primary Industry Training Organisation (Primary ITO). Jeffries has 27 years’ experience in the Australian and New Zealand primary industries, with his previous roles including group general manager of LIC, and chief executive of the NZ Meat Board and Meat & Wool NZ. Most recently, he was chief executive of Agri One, ... Read More »