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One milking to 2IC in six months

Glenys Christian Zinettie Clark firmly believes what you learn through any work experience prepares you for something else. And the 19-year-old, usually known as Zee, urges those keen on a future in agriculture while they’re finishing their schooling to get a part-time job, “even if it’s mowing lawns”. “Seek out people who will give you experience because that will get ... Read More »

Researchers focus on the urine patch

Anne Lee Women and girls have been under-represented in science both at high school and tertiary levels but at Lincoln University a group of smart young women are bucking that trend while simultaneously coming up with findings on one of the most vexing issues facing dairy farmers. All have been doctoral students focusing on forages that can reduce nitrate leaching ... Read More »

Rachel Worth – Farm services officer

With a nurse mother and accountant father, Rachel Worth had to rely on Dunedin school friends to spend time on farms as a kid. Now, aged 27, she has 400 mixed aged hinds, 120 R2s, 150 R3s and R4s plus weaners and 13 stags to take care of at AgResearch’s world-leading deer research unit at Invermay near Dunedin. Employed as ... Read More »

Zach McLean – Science student

Putting on a white coat, stepping into a laboratory and analysing embryos in petri dishes is exactly what Zach McLean wants to do for the rest of his career. Zach, 22, wants to work as a research scientist. He has already begun the journey, taking on a research project as part of his honours degree. The Waikato University student is ... Read More »

Michael Lilley – Veterinarian

Grey skies can signal bucket loads of rain when you live in Murchison, and that is exactly what happened in early June. The heavens opened and the resulting deluge caused flooding mayhem throughout the region. Local couple Michael and Kelly Lilley took this all in their stride, unable to wipe the beaming smiles from their faces. The grins were in ... Read More »

Stu Powell – Climatologist

Will a sneaky breeze come in and stop the frost? From spring to the end of autumn, weather forecaster Stu Powell puts his neck on the line on a daily basis. From his rural log cabin east of Levin, this young climatologist provides a daily temperature forecast for viticulture clients in Marlborough, Waipara and Central Otago. Get it wrong and ... Read More »