Shearing his future

From the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South, from a sheep farm in Taranaki to the fast life at Lincoln University, Darren Alexander has been making his moves.

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  • Detour on career path pays off

    At just 25, Rhea Nelis is convinced she has the perfect job for life.

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  • Reaching out

    Massey University student Monique Mathis broadened her horizons and started blogging on an exchange in Canada. Now she’s promoting the exchange experience as a great opportunity for all agricultural students. Rebecca Harper reports.

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  • Next stop France

    Mitchel Hoare can’t wait to get his farming career started.

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  • Lab rat

    Putting on a white coat, stepping into a laboratory and analysing embryos in petri dishes is exactly what Zach McLean wants to do for the rest of his career.

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‘Lease to buy’ lease of life

In 2010 Jim Roughan decided he didn’t want to do another lambing on his 600ha farm near Lawrence.

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  • Growing and grading ‘gold’

    What grows on a pasture-fed animal, is worth ten times more than most merino wool, and is a health food? It’s deer velvet; the young soft antlers on stags. Jo Grigg investigated the velvet supply chain and some of its workers. 

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  • Land of milk and money

    It may be cold, it may even snow during calving, and there’s nothing blocking that southerly coming off the ice caps at any time of the year, but nowhere is the grass as green as in the south of New Zealand. Three young people from away are finding their feet in the current dairy boom and all swear home is great but the south is the place to be.

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  • Furry fortunes

    When he was a kid, most of Ross Nolly’s spare time was spent chasing possums and eeling. “My daily ritual was to get up at 4.30am so I could pinch the farm-bike and be back with my possums before Dad needed it for milking.” During the school holidays he would venture into the big bush on a neighbours farm to set up a “real” possum hunter’s camp with black silage plastic and pretend to be Barry Crump.

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  • Jersey boy

    At just 22, Josh Macdonald is in his second year of sharemilking and with his wife, Aleshia, is building equity by 30% each year.

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Getting social

Navigating the world of social media may seem a bit daunting, but there are great opportunities for those who embrace it. Rebecca Harper talked to some agricultural social media advocates.

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Green dreams

Liza Whalley was born with green fingers – and possibly thumbs – although as a kid, training dogs was what she wanted to do with her life.

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  • Vintners Luck

    Some might say Mike Winter has had a lucky run moving from Lincoln University graduate to assistant manager of a large Central Otago vineyard in just over three years. But as Lynda Gray discovered he’s done the hard yards and recently tested – and proved – his mettle in a national viticulture contest.

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  • Kiwi connection

    Brother and sister-in-law Sian and Cody Bent are flourishing in their careers within the kiwifruit industry, although they got there by different paths. Sian went to university and is now a research associate at Plant & Food Research, while Cody left school and became an orchard cadet and is now a grower services manager for Trevelyan, New Zealand’s largest family owned kiwifruit post-harvest company. Sheryl Brown spoke to them about opportunities in the kiwifruit sector.

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  • School, university partner in demo farm project

    A new demonstration dairy farm to be opened next week in Cambridge aims to be in the top 3% of Waikato farms for profitability and environmental performance.

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  • Making winemaking fun

    Young Country contributor Annabelle Latz also works as a cellar hand at New Zealand Wineries in Marlborough, and headed over to the Hunter Valley, NSW, to take part in a grape vintage earlier this year. Just down the road she found fellow Kiwi cellar hand Matt Barbour working at First Creek Wines. Despite the world of winemaking being busy, they managed to find a few moments for a chat about an industry that never stops ticking or making them smile.

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Success all tied up

Ropes have pulled through Patrick McCarthy’s hands for many years to create endless stories of team roping and rope-and-tie moments.

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  • The Throne Track

    Tommy Dillon has the ultimate motorcross playground in the middle of his family farm The Throne. 

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  • A taste for trekking

    Silhouetted against a summer blue sky, a line of horses and riders moves down the ridgeline towards the lush green flats below.

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  • Games to celebrate rural New Zealand

    A new event in Queenstown next summer will bring together a host of traditional country sports and celebrate New Zealand’s rural heritage for spectators and an international television audience.

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  • Soaring free

    Lis Rietveld’s love of gliding is indelibly etched in her heart, soul – and left foot.

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Agriculture student of the year a standout performer

Monique Mathis, a third-year bachelor of agricommerce student was crowned Massey University agriculture student of the year in Palmerston North last Friday.

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Flock off, sheep

Spring. That means longer days and more work.

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Smoke it

Ever thought of smoking butter? It may sound strange, but Auckland chef Jeremy Schmid reckons you should give it a go, and his new book Smoked shows just how easy it is to do at home.

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  • Venison tiki tour

    Most farmed deer are found south of Rakaia River. 

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  • Good keen tucker

    A good keen attitude and creative cooking skills served Angus Lane well during his Ultimate OE wrangler experience in Canada.

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  • Egg-ceptional

    You don’t have to love eating eggs to own a free-range chicken farm, but it probably helps.

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  • Beefing up the family business

    Joe Carey wanted to get out of the cow shed and farm beef animals, but he didn’t just want to put his prime steers on the truck and wave byebye.

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Step by Step

They say if you want something done, ask a busy person.

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  • Rockin’ country

    Hot on the heels of Garth Brooks launching his global come-back tour, New Zealand’s own farm boy is set to make his debut in the global country music scene, and he’s managing it from the seat of a tractor in Cave, South Canterbury.

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  • The winding road

    Alice Mabin was as happy as anyone could be out on the land … till an accident set her along a different course. Rebecca Harper reports.

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  • Down the policy road

    Kimberly Crewther has cut a track through the dairy industry at the policy level, travelling, juggling three children and pumping out policy and strategy papers as she went.

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  • Land leasing lessons

    Getting started farming in your own right can be a challenge and leasing is a great first option. Rebecca Harper investigates how it works and what you need to know about leasing.

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From dole to dairying

It’s too easy to write off someone on the dole, Paul Devening has learnt at Tectra.

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  • The Young Ones

    Rural real estate agents are selling New Zealand - but when their livelihood is based on making a sale and it could be months between sales when you are starting out, how do you get a toehold in the industry? Jo Grigg investigates some interesting ways of cracking into the industry. 

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  • A helping hand

    Ever imagined willingly putting your hand up a cows bum? Well it’s a task artificial insemination (AI) technicians do every day and don’t think twice about. Sam Tennent investigates why they get paid for the pleasure.

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  • Planting the town green

    Kelly Jean Kerr loves gardening so much that when Young Country called to chat about her winning the Young Horticulturist of the Year she was spending her day off weeding her garden.

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  • Pastures new

    *Modern farmers enjoy many technological benefits their predecessors could only dream about. But although these innovations might have helped younger farmers work more efficiently, the days of multiple families living sustainably off one block of dirt have gone. Many young farmers faced with taking over the reins from farming parents are turning to off-farm careers to help fund succession planning.*

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Making allowances

Veterinary expenses for working dogs has often been a bone of contention between New Zealand farm workers and farm owners.

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  • Drawing the line

    In the last issue I wrote about Baz, a heading dog condemned by two tutors. After a small amount of my training he was a stunning young dog with the potential to go far.

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  • Dog posture

    There seems to be some confusion out there about reading dog body language. 

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  • Consider your dog

    Conserve your dog’s energy for when you really need it. They are not robots but living creatures that get tired. These tips will help your dog’s performance.

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  • No guarantees with dogs

    Your new dog has a different home and owner so he will be confused and possibly scared – this is to be expected so allow him time to adjust.

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Editorial - Lifelong learning

No one ever said a science degree would be easy – but it has been my passport to many interesting jobs and an exciting career that has taken me all over the country and around the world.

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  • Editorial - Creating opportunities

    I have been hearing a lot of chatter in the industry about whether it is possible for young people to get into their own property. 

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  • Editorial: Land – your dream job

    It’s been all go here at Young Country Global HQ. We launched Land – your dream job at four main-city Careers Expos and then officially at the KPMG Agri-Leaders Business breakfast at National Fieldays with 150 leaders from all over the country. And we had a great shared site with Young Farmers at Mystery Creek, where all the fun started. We had kids dunking in an effluent tank with eels to win prizes of fleecy Ts, singlets, coats, caps and mugs, wristbands and stickers (to be honest they were fake eels – the fun police killed that idea with their wacky animal rights ideals).

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  • Poor city slickers…

    Those of you who have jobs in the agri sector and primary industries know what a great place it is to work and of the opportunities there for growing your careers.

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  • Spreading our reach

    What do you want to do when you grow up? Most young people get sick of being asked because many simply don’t know the answer.

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