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The knowledge exchange

Earlier this year Angus breeder Georgia Davies took part in an exchange tour of Australian Angus studs. She is keen to prove it doesn’t matter where you come from to get into farm ownership. Sam Tennent reports. North Canterbury’s Georgia Davies spent last summer touring Angus studs in Victoria and New South Wales, learning much along the way. While the 23-year-old’s home farm in Oxford is only ... Read More »

The dawning of a New era

By his own admission the step up in range and complexity of challenges from regional to national grand final in the FMG Young Farmer of the Year contest suited this year’s winner. Athol New, a dairy business manager running four herds through three sheds for Purata (formerly Synlait) Farms in mid Canterbury became the 48th young farmer to take the ... Read More »

A well-rounded shepherd

When Mark Baxter’s parents leased a farm near Dannevirke he was offered the job as head shepherd. Rebecca Harper reports it is an opportunity he’s making the most of as he works towards his goal of farm ownership. Photos: Graeme Brown Mark Baxter recently bagged the Tararua Shepherd of the Year title and his $4000 in prize money went straight ... Read More »

Hatching the perfect plan

Jax Flintoff’s motto to give anything a go has led her from high-country hills to dairy sheds and on to the theatre stage. Sam Tennent found that she has spread her wings yet again by working on a Taranaki chicken farm. Photos: Ross Nolly Not one to fence herself in, Jaclyn (Jax) Flintoff has tried her hand at many career ... Read More »

It’s better with balance

Emma Dangen always wanted to be a vet. So she was more than disappointed when, after six months doing the preliminary course at Massey University’s Albany campus, north of Auckland, she didn’t get accepted. “I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a vet,” she says. “But here was someone telling me I couldn’t do that.” Not ... Read More »

Plants hold promise

Finding a replacement for iodine and chlorhexidine in teat-sprays is giving University of Otago research fellow Adam Heikal at least one year of work and maybe many more. Microbiologist Heikal was awarded a $126,988 Agribusiness Innovation Grant from AGMARDT (Agricultural and Marketing Development Trust) and teat-spray manufacturer Deosan earlier this year to identify new antimicrobials that might be used for ... Read More »

Meet the Meat Maiden

Food blogger and Come Dine With Me favourite, Kimberly Mayhead, spends office hours at a slaughterhouse. The 27-year-old Hawke’s Bay farm girl is Auckland Meat Processors’ (AMP) quality assurance adviser, and she loves the meat industry. “What I want to do is promote something I’m passionate about, that I know lots about, and that we as New Zealanders should be really proud to produce. It’s our commodity and no one ... Read More »

Finding her niche

When Natalie Howes was a pupil at Southland Girls’ High School in Invercargill she wanted desperately to become a vet. She even travelled across town to Boys’ High to study agriculture. Growing up on a coastal Southland sheep and Angus stud farm at Taramoa, showing Angus cattle and watching specialist vet Neil Sanderson of Oamaru perform embryo transfers had got ... Read More »

Engaging in equity

While working towards owning their own farm, Tom and Amanda Bowie have entered an equity partnership with George and Sarah Tatham to grow their equity. Rebecca Harper talked to them about how their engagement turned into a marriage of equity. Entering an equity partnership is a bit like getting married and, for young Wairarapa couple Tom and Amanda Bowie, finding ... Read More »

Booming bull business

A new venture rearing Jersey bull calves to lease to dairy farmers is proving to be a good decision for Brian and Amy Anderson and their investors. It is thought to be the only large-scale dairy Jersey bull rearing operation, from four day-old calves through to two-year-olds in North Canterbury. To spread the risk of developing the fledgling agri-business, the ... Read More »