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Building the skills in Southland

After a successful trial, a programme aimed at building the skill-set of sheep and beef farmers is being held again in Southland. Applications are now open for the Future Farmer focus group, a programme that delivers three technical workshops over a six-month period. These workshops cover farm business, personal development, tools and technology, genetics and understanding the supply-chain. Aimed at ... Read More »

Busy background to farm life

Jackie Harrigan Tim Bonner has a busy and exciting year ahead of him and winning the Taranaki Dairy Industry Awards dairy trainee of the year award has just stepped things up another notch. Shortly after the DIA national competition in May he shifts to Lepperton in June to take up a contract milking role on his parents’ 200-cow farm. The ... Read More »

Off to Harrie’s wedding

Karen Trebilcock Taieri dairy farmers celebrated a wedding of one of their own in late December, but it was a world away in Palia Kalan, India. Harjinder Singh Chander, 26, known as Harrie in New Zealand, married Pawandeep Kaur, 23. Harrie is a Sikh and, as is tradition, his bride was decided for him. “My mum chose her. She did ... Read More »

Finding a new direction

Cheyenne Stein Kararaina Haami – known as Pou to her friends and family – likes to “kick in the background”. Although she’s not one for the limelight, her achievements are getting her noticed. Working on the land was always what Pou wanted to do. She grew up around the industry helping out her Koro (grandfather) who ran a shearing gang ... Read More »

Aiding animal health

Sheryl Brown Building close relationships with farmers and helping them make cost-effective decisions that will benefit their business is an enormous part of the the role and something Te Awamutu veterinarian Krispin Kannan really loves. “It’s a balancing act for animal health, whether treating an individual cow or a whole herd. “We need to consider not only the economic impact ... Read More »

Leading by example

By Cheyenne Stein Photos: Johnny Houston Like many young girls, Megan Hands dreamt of being a vet. Today she’s a farm environmental auditor at Irrigo Centre helping farmers come to grips with environmental policies. Megan grew up on her parents’ dairy farm in Shannon and it was during the early days of the Horizons One Plan that she revised her ... Read More »

Do you aspire to farm ownership?

Anne Hughes It is still possible to get some skin in the game of farm ownership if you are open minded to different options and have the patience to seek the right opportunity. Rabobank national manager farm ownership options Brent Irving advises aspiring farm owners to develop skills, save money, build equity, network and keep your nose clean. “New Zealand’s ... Read More »

FARM OWNERSHIP: Harder you work, the luckier you get

In the first of a series looking at how to achieve farm ownership, Country-Wide writer Rebecca Harper talks about her and husband Richard Greaves’ experiences.   Leasing hill country sheep and beef farms and shearing our own sheep for six years enabled us to save enough to enter an equity partnership and buy a farm in Pongaroa. We farm 550 ... Read More »

Focus on home-grown feed

Doug Dibley Historically New Zealand’s competitive advantage has been our ability to grow and harvest high-quality pasture at a low cost. Nothing has changed. Owl farm is into its second season as a demonstration dairy farm and optimising home-grown feed remains the key focus. For various reasons our performance during the 2015/2016 season was poor. We had issues with staff, ... Read More »

Grow-your-own riparian plants

Jackie Harrigan A cheeky entry into the 2014 Ballance Farm Environment Awards switched Paul and Lisa Charmley on to what they could be doing to enhance and protect the environment on their 350-cow Dannevirke dairy farm. While they managed to win the Hills Laboratories Soil Management Award for their soil management, they say the big win for them was the ... Read More »