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Cut A Track

Earning the trust

After three years as a fully fledged stock agent, Callum McCrostie reckons he’s made the right career choice. The job requires a thick skin, persistence and the ability to bounce back from setbacks. Seasonal and market conditions can also make a stock agent’s job more challenging in a competitive industry. Twenty-eight-year-old Callum served his year-long cadetship as a trainee livestock ... Read More »

A family affair

At just 18, James Robertson is well on his way to making his mark on the dairy industry. He told Cheyenne Stein how his family’s English roots influenced the success of their Waikato-based pedigree herd and some of the highlights of a busy but successful year for himself and the farm. James Robertson is a young man with plenty of ... Read More »

A Family Affair

At just 18, James Robertson is well on his way to making his mark on the dairy industry. He told Cheyenne Stein how his family’s English roots influenced the success of their Waikato-based pedigree herd and some of the highlights of a busy but successful year for himself and the farm. James Robertson is a young man with plenty of ... Read More »

Life lessons

April Mainland has had an interesting and varied career path through the agri-sector, learning about herself and her work preferences along the way. She told Jackie Harrigan about her journey. April Mainland is a communicator through and through and opened our conversation with “I’m a talker – I share everything and wear my heart on my sleeve.” With that start ... Read More »

Making a name for himself

While Logan Nation has tried many trades to make a living, he’s settled into the agri sector and has found his niche giving to the community through Young Farmers. He told Sam Tennent why he likes to support the movement. Logan Nation is a bit of a jack-of-all-trades. Over the years he has tried his hand at a variety of ... Read More »

Seizing every opportunity

The challenge of being more hands-on is keeping Alastair Neville happy. Rather than just sending milk out the gate, Alastair Neville from Reporoa makes a point of getting out that gate himself and giving back to the wider agricultural industry. He told Sam Tennant he doesn’t want to be stuck in a bubble doing the same thing day in and ... Read More »

Old boy driving new plan

Going back to school means an exciting career managing a demonstration farm at St Peter’s in Cambridge for “old boy” Doug Dibley. Doug Dibley’s life has come full circle. After 10 or so short years he is back at school. Not as a student or as a teacher but leading the development of Owl Farm, the St Peter’s School-Lincoln University ... Read More »

Social Support

Older folk decry young ones for spending all their time on Facebook, but one fast-growing Facebook group, Farming Mums NZ, provides valuable support and interaction for isolated young farming mums. Jackie Harrigan spoke to Chanelle O’Sullivan, one of the drivers of the popular page.

While she entered the sector through a love of horses, Chanelle O’Sullivan is now enamoured with deer farming. The young South Canterbury mum is harnessing her youth and interest in social media through running the Farming Mums NZ page to find a way forward to farming and working in the sector on her own account.

That is not to say all is plain sailing – 26-year-old Chanelle and her husband David are keen to get into deer farm ownership, but are having difficulty seeing a way forward.

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Living life fully loaded

Sheep and beef farmer Pete Fitz-Herbert, a busy man, likes to get off the farm and get involved where he can.

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Kiwifruit king

A common term used by businesses today is ‘succession planning’ and that extends to getting some young blood sitting around board tables. At only 35, Nathan Flowerday has been elected as the youngest representative on Zespri’s Board of Directors. He believes there are going to be a lot more opportunities for the younger generation to represent industries at the governance level. Sheryl Brown reports.

Roman philosopher Seneca stated that “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”.

If you set goals and work hard, then when doors open it stands to reason you’ll be ready to make the most of the opportunities presented. It’s a philosophy that rings true for Nathan Flowerday, who at 35 is the youngest person to have been elected to Zespri’s Board of Directors.

People always tell him how “lucky” he is to have achieved what he has at such a young age – a spring chicken among mostly grey-haired colleagues around the board table. For Nathan, it is reward for the hours he has worked and the time he has spent representing kiwifruit growers.

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