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A volunteer adding value

Northland sharemilker Sheila Russell likes making a difference as a volunteer. Glenys Christian reports. The adage that if you want to get a job done you should ask a busy person is certainly correct when it comes to Tomarata sharemilker, Sheila Russell. Not only is she the co-convener for the lower Northland Dairy Womens’ Network (DWN), she’s also been chair ... Read More »

A trial of sheep and shepherd

Anne Hughes It pays never to be too confident on the dog trial course. A rogue sheep, disobedient dog or a misjudged command can turn a winning run into a crash course within seconds. Hamish Parkinson reckons he’s got the same chance at the New Zealand dog trial championships as the almost 300 other competitors having a crack at this ... Read More »

A system to grow better calves

Anne Lee Suz Wyborn was pretty happy with her calf-rearing system. A busy mum and Canterbury sharemilker milking 850 cows together with husband Joe, she’d refined her system so she could rear more than 200 calves and come out the other end of calving in one piece and sane. So she admits she was pretty sceptical when she was asked ... Read More »

When the neighbour’s bull paid a visit

Micha Johansen Eketahuna, Wairarapa We’ve made it to nine-months of farm ownership and it’s definitely been worse than we expected, despite attempts to be as realistic as possible before purchase. The very wet winter became a very wet spring, and my “moving on in 10 years” plan became a five-year, then a three-year plan. Fortunately the sun finally came out, ... Read More »

Asparations for success

Asparagus and dairying aren’t industries you think of as working hand-in-hand. But an innovative family has made it work and say the two businesses complement each other nicely. Geoff and Liz Lewis started growing asparagus in 1981 and their business, Tendertips, is now one of the main asparagus producers in the country, supplying major supermarkets and selling through their packhouse ... Read More »

Making milk and waves

Josh Kerridge is a young farmer reaping the benefits of working with family on their 120ha dairy unit in Waihi. He is in the enviable position of being able to fulfil his passions for surf lifesaving and competing at an elite level in surf rowing, while earning a living milking 300 Kiwicross cows. Josh, 20, is the only farmer in ... Read More »

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 »

Making the most of potential

When run-down Martinborough Station was up for sale, James and Janeen Bruce saw it as their golden opportunity. John Watson reports on the couple’s ride to farm ownership. Photos: Graeme Brown James Bruce understates his own skill and drive when he claims he’s got to where he is with luck. Described by those close to him as just a regular bloke, with the energy of about three, ... Read More »

Tim Lloyd – Information Systems Infrastructure Manager

Name – Tim Lloyd Age – 33 Qualification(s) – Diploma in Computer Engineering, Microsoft Certified Professional, ITIL V3, A+, Network +, Diploma in Accountancy, National Certificate and Financial Services. Job possibilities – Technical and Strategic management of systems as traditional IT moves towards cloud technologies. Employer – Ballance Agri-Nutrients Pay range for first two years – $50,000+ Pay range, 3-5 years – $60,000+ What I like ... Read More »

Mike Corbett – Process Improvement Chemist

Name – Mike Corbett Age – 30 Qualification(s) – BSc (Tech) – Chemistry Job possibilities – A science/technical background really does have endless opportunities. More than likely to start as a lab technician, either quality control, research and development or environmental division of a lab. With experience you’re likely to progress to senior lab technician or lab manager. Personally, I have gone towards the operations/manufacturing side ... Read More »