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The winning ticket

Goats give Feilding saleyard drover Trudy Robertson a point of difference from rearing sheep and beef cattle. Cheyenne Nicholson  reports. A raffle prize was Manawatu local Trudy Robertson’s ticket into starting her own Hereford stud. Quite literally too, the raffle prize being a Hereford in calf Yearling Heifer. The 27-year-old grew up in Feilding, Manawatu, on her parents’ South Devon ... 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 »

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 »

Meet the Meat Maiden

Food blogger and Come Dine With Me favourite, Kimberly Mayhead, spends office hours at a slaughterhouse. The 27-year-old Hawke’s Bay farm girl is Auckland Meat Processors’ (AMP) quality assurance adviser, and she loves the meat industry. “What I want to do is promote something I’m passionate about, that I know lots about, and that we as New Zealanders should be really proud to produce. It’s our commodity and no one ... Read More »

Notching-up Far North successes

Josh and Stacey Williamson have packed a lot into their five years in the Far North. While Josh has been manager of Paua Station it’s been big productivity and environmental gains onfarm that let it reach the finals of last year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy Excellence in Maori Farming Awards. The young couple have also had the birth of their second son Campbell, and reaped many rewards from personal development. ... 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 »

Katey Craig – Shepherd

Katey Craig feels on top of the world with her job at Otiwhiti Station but then being on top is something she should be used to. She was top student in her cadet year and has since represented New Zealand at world young shepherds contest where she again came out, yes, on top. Flying to France to pit her skills against ... Read More »

Rhea Nelis – Economic service manager

At just 25, Rhea Nelis is convinced she has the perfect job for life. The Northland-Waikato Beef + Lamb New Zealand economic service manager is relishing her job in the sheep-and-beef industry and whatever path her life takes, she is unlikely to venture far from agriculture. Her goal is to be her own boss and own her own piece of ... Read More »

Jason Powell – Shepherd

Winning the inaugural Wairarapa Shepherd of the Year competition has shown Jason Powell his dream of owning his own farm can become a reality if he’s prepared to work for it. Despite not coming from a farming background Jason, who works as a shepherd general for Andy and Jan Tatham at Homewood, showed the judges he has the qualities to ... Read More »