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Stepping up for title

Glenys Christian Tomarata teenager, Jennifer Thomas now knows what Stephen Donald felt like when he was called on by the All Blacks to save national honour. For last year she gained second place in the Northern Districts Young Handlers competition, carrying with it the chance to compete at the Royal Agricultural Show in Hawke’s Bay. But then when the time ... Read More »

Joint approach to staffing

Former Nuffield scholars in New Zealand and the United Kingdom have teamed up to provide young people overseas experience opportunities. Anne Lee reports. It’s a dream opportunity – a guaranteed job in the United Kingdom with a cash grant to get you there and then the offer of a job back home when you’ve seen some of the world. Canterbury ... Read More »

Better late than never

After university and a spell in Australia, Mark Booth has come home to the Central Otago family farming operation. Terry Brosnahan reports. Mark Booth came to sheep farming later than most but is quickly making up for lost time. Armed with a degree which was good for designing new fridges, but not farming, he started working full-time on the family farm ... Read More »

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 »