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Tying the knot

Fencing is both an art and a science. Done well, it can be one of the most satisfying tasks on the farming calendar, but a poorly constructed fence can be as annoying as a stone in the boot – not to mention dangerous and inefficient. Wondering why there’s only 1000 volts in that break fence? Check the connections – are ... Read More »

The best C.V. and job advert

In the New Year people start thinking about changing jobs and employers are thinking of employing new staff if they have vacancies. Agripeople human resources consultant Racquel Cleaver gives some tips for creating a clear, concise and relevant curriculum vitae (CV) and a vacancy advert that attracts the right kind of applicant for the job.

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How to – Butchers block

Dale Old from Rural Butchery Services at Kimbolton has been in the trade for 34 years. He trained with a small butchery in Te Puke and managed a large gourmet butchery section in a large supermarket in the Bay of Plenty before going country to the Manawatu and establishing ”the best little homekill outfit this side of the Ruahines”. Dale agreed to get involved in the Young
Country butchery videos because he loves teaching butchery skills from the paddock to the plate, saying butchery training has changed over the years and he doesn’t want to see the old skills get lost.

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Getting to know each other

The interview is probably the most important conversation you will ever have with a potential employer or employee. It is your first chance to make a great first impression and to determine whether that person is the person you want to enter an employment relationship with and work with onfarm. The interview is about giving and gathering key information. Most importantly, it’s about quantifying information; the skills, attributes, attitudes and working conditions needed by each party to assess if the job will be the right fit. Being prepared for an interview is critical. 

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From Ponsonby to paddocks

A farm careers day offered Sally Peel a chance to go on to a farm for the first time in her life.

Studying agriculture was not exactly top of her list when, in her final year at school, Sally Peel was considering her future.

Born and bred in Ponsonby, Sally’s secondary schooling was at an all-girls catholic school where agriculture was not even presented as a career option to the bright 17-year-old.

Commerce was considered, but the insightful Sally couldn’t work out where the degree would take her in the future.

She says she had always been curious about agriculture and when in her final year at school she attended a farm careers field day (which was the first time she had even been on a farm) she was hooked. She had discovered an interesting and exciting industry which offered good long-term career prospects.

At the field day she met Bill Barwood from DairyNZ, who took Sally under his wing and encouraged her to apply for a DairyNZ scholarship to attend Lincoln University, which she was awarded.

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