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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 »

Welcome to Tiakitahuna

Coming from a city of 8 million, James Luo had no experience of farming. Now the Massey University agricultural science student is working his summer holidays on a Manawatu dairy farm. Jackie Harrigan reports. Working as a summer student has been a great way to learn the practical skills involved in dairy farming for the ‘smiley man from Nanjing.’ Shixiong ... Read More »

Doesn’t do town

After a few years of moving around through a range of dairy roles, Matt Snedden and his wife Kortne want to settle down as a contract milker. Glenys Christian reports. Matt Snedden has come a long way since winning the Northland Dairy Trainee of the Year title back in 2014. The 24-year-old moved south to Helensville to take up a ... Read More »

Top students celebrated at Agriculture Awards Dinner

Over 250 people gathered at Massey University’s Sport and Rugby Institute on Friday night for the Agriculture Awards Dinner. In its 24th year, the awards bring together students, industry partners and educators to celebrate Massey’s best and brightest students and alumni, rewarding excellence inside and outside the classroom. For many of the students, the night marks their last outing as ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Tautane teamwork

There’s likely to be plenty of teamwork and a healthy dose of rivalry when young shepherds Taane Hubbard and Hemoata Kopa next enter the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer of the Year Award. The couple, who met while studying at Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre, were both finalists in last year’s competition, which was won by Taane’s cousin Hannah Wallace. The competition alternates each year between sheep and beef and dairy, so ... Read More »

Loretta Smyth – Farm manager

Loretta Smyth has proven herself as a farm manager developing a rundown farm and is now making similar inroads into Northland College’s underperforming dairy farm. Jackie Harrigan talked to Loretta about realising potential – in her dairy herd and in the agri-academy students learning their trade on the farm. Getting the most out of a farm and getting the most ... Read More »