Tradition ties agents to job

There has been a raft of changes in the livestock agency industry in the more than 50 years Fred Fowler and John Honeybone have been working in Canterbury saleyards but one feature stays the same.

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Opportunity flavours decisions

They’ve gone from co-operative to family ownership, from leaser to land owner. Marlborough Garlic, John Murphy’s family business, has been through tremendous changes.

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  • January 2015


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  • It’s in the genes

    Holmes Warren pours a good cup of tea. It’s an essential skill for someone who meets and greets so many farmers over the course of the ram buying season.

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  • Woofing it down

    Farmers buying dog food at their rural supply or veterinary store can be excused for feeling puzzled.

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  • A focus on feeding

    Worked paddocks alongside State Highway 1 in North Canterbury give an indication of just what the priorities are in the Hewett family’s sheep and beef operation.

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Editorial - Working together

I was lucky enough to spend a week in Bali at a family wedding recently – and I was struck by the power of collaboration – everywhere you look in that tiny country, people work together.

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  • Fighting the good fight

    The reality of a biosecurity breach hit home to the New Zealand kiwifruit industry when the Psa bacteria were first found in 2010. Psa has since wiped out the industry’s kingpin variety Gold Hort16A and cost the industry an estimated $900 million. Sheryl Brown caught up with biosecurity analyst Matt Dyck who is working to prevent another biosecurity disaster for the kiwifruit industry. 

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  • Sniffing out biosecurity risks

    Preventing pests and diseases from becoming established in New Zealand is a big job. Detector dogs are one of the key biosecurity tools working to protect NZ’s borders and every year finding tens of thousands of agricultural quarantine items coming into the country.  Young Country’s Sheryl Brown caught up with Sarah Carley and her beagle, Bounty, who has his nose on the job. She also chatted to Anna Rathé about her work in pest prevention.

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  • Animal Photography

    Straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak, photographer Ross Nolly gives his advice on how to capture your animals on camera. Don’t be afraid, ewe will find taking good pictures is not a cow of a job as this no-bull guide proves as we steer you in the right direction. If you ram home these instructions and doggedly go at it your photos won’t be turkeys.

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  • The best C.V. and job advert

    In the New Year people start thinking about changing jobs and employers are thinking of employing new staff if they have vacancies. Agripeople human resources consultant Racquel Cleaver gives some tips for creating a clear, concise and relevant curriculum vitae (CV) and a vacancy advert that attracts the right kind of applicant for the job.

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Crazy move pays off

Making key business decisions can sometimes involve big sacrifices to get ahead. Husband and wife team Hamish and Katie Flett took on one sharemilking job each and lived apart for a year, juggling the farms, staff and their three young daughters. They wouldn’t recommend it to everybody, but it helped them increase their equity and jump up the ladder faster. They told *Sheryl Brown* about the commitment it takes to progress in the dairy industry.

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