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Test drive your dream job: Seeing past the mud and poos

The opportunity to “test drive your dream job” was given to three budding young agriculturalists who enjoyed learning about the possibilities in their chosen field. They recorded their impressions of the industry. Shixiong Luo “James” at Te Paratai Farms Dream Job: Dairy farmer It started with a extremely exciting situation where I could not fall a asleep until nearly 2am, ... Read More »

Jayden Harvey – Sharemilker

Jayden Harvey has been in the dairy industry since he was 15 years old but he manages to balance his dedication to a busy job with farming competitions, club activities, outside interests and community work. The Opunake dairy farmer managed to get away from the farm and cows to celebrate his 21st birthday in November with a holiday on the ... Read More »

Thomas Macdonald – Dairy business analyst

Numbers figure largely in the life and psyche of Thomas Macdonald so it’s little wonder his first job in agriculture is as a dairy business analyst. Hailing from a family dairy farm at Gordonton on the outskirts of Hamilton, he knew he wanted to be involved in agriculture but didn’t want to move straight into farming. His innate love of ... Read More »

Monique O’Connell – Consulting officer

Two years ago Southland was one of the last places Monique O’Connell, 23, thought she would end up. “I came here for a week on a uni trip with Lincoln and it rained and it blew and it was so cold,” she said. At the end of her four year AgScience (Hons) degree she applied for one of four graduate ... Read More »

Matt Nilsson – Operations manager

Matt Nilsson, 24, says his father used to tell him to pick one thing in life and be good at it. For him it’s dairying in the south. He is operations manager on Ted Wong’s three dairy farms near Balclutha but as a kid he lived on a sheep-and-beef farm in Hawke’s Bay. When Matt was seven his family went ... Read More »

Josh Macdonald – Sharemilker

At just 22, Josh Macdonald is in his second year of sharemilking and with his wife, Aleshia, is building equity by 30% each year. Josh loves dairy farming and loves milking cows – especially Jersey cows, a trait bred into him by his family who have been breeding them since 1936 with his great-grandfather’s “Poplar Brae” herd. Josh was assistant ... Read More »

Wiremu Reid – Sharemilker

Young Maori have many key attributes to make them good dairy farmers, Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer winner for 2014, Wiremu Reid, says. “As Maori we naturally have many key attributes that make us successful farmers. We have a good sense of humour; make light of any situation no matter how stressful; we have an easy going attitude where we give ... Read More »

Nick Bertram – Dairy Farm Manager

Nick Bertram has turned around a low-performing dairy farm, the only farm that would take him on as a manager. Some of those who turned him down may now be regretting it. Nick has proved he has what it takes, walking away with the top prize for farm managers at this year’s Dairy Industry Awards (DIA). When judges left the ... Read More »

Ruth Hone – Dairy Trainee

The first woman in the history of the competition to take out the New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year Award, Ruth Hone is only just getting started. Now in her third season in the industry Ruth, 24, works near Taupo on a 250-cow farm for Michelle and Ross Davison. “My parents are dairy farmers and I believe I was ... Read More »

Eye on the ball

Vaughan McCall is giving golf the best crack he can. He talks to Karen Trebilcock. Vaughan McCall usually has only sheep for company when practising his golf at the Tapanui Golf Course, West Otago, during the week. Now it is winter, even they have gone. The 22-year-old practises on Southland or Otago golf courses for up to five hours a ... Read More »