Farm Systems Technician
A Little Bit of Background
I spent my early childhood days in the back blocks of central Northland before my family shifted down to the Marlborough Region. My aspiration to be involved in agriculture began during high school. Since then I have completed a Diploma in Rural Veterinary Technicians at Telford and a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Lincoln University. My passion and involvement in the New Zealand agricultural industry were recognised when I received travel scholarships from Angus NZ to visit various farming systems in Australia and the Prime Minister’s Scholarship to South Korea which exposed me to the concepts of international agribusiness. I have had a range of practical work experience from working as a farm hand on multiple stud operations to a chaser bin driver in Western Australia.
What’s Important to Me?
I love the challenge of empowering people in our primary sector and the excitement of seeing clients achieve their aspirations by breaking down large amounts of information to ensure they make the best decision suited to their operation.
What Happens Out of Work?
Through on-selling my dairy cows, I have invested in an Angus cattle stud to create ‘Quail Creek Angus’. I aim to increase herd numbers and to breed well-structured bulls that have well above average carcass and growth traits.
In my spare time I enjoy sailing, sea and freshwater fishing and hiking. If I am not enjoying the great outdoors, I aim to help out with Young Farmer fundraisers and meetings and also intend to become more experienced in showing cattle through A&P shows.
Some of My Learnings
I am looking forward to putting the knowledge and experience I have gained through my time studying and working in the agricultural industry into practice with the aim to benefit my clients. In the short time I have been working at Rural Directions I have learnt a lot from my knowledgeable colleagues whom I look forward to learning more from in the future.