Kidd breaks Northern YFC drought

Northern finally has its first Young Farmers Contest winner in David Kidd. The Kaipara farmer spoke to Hugh Stringleman.

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Next stop France

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

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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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  • 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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  • Target Tb

    Corvett Black’s degree has taken her in an unexpected direction. Jackie Harrigan explains.

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  • Eye on the ball

    Vaughan McCall is giving golf the best crack he can. He talks to Karen Trebilcock.

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Match maker, match maker, make me a match….

Finding love in the countryside has always been a little fraught, especially for people living in isolated places.

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The Kaipara Kid

David Kidd had a lot riding on this year’s ANZ Young Farmer contest. He spent hours studying theory and practical tasks in-between his full-time job managing a 550ha beef farming operation. His dedication paid off. David won the northern regional competition and proceeded to the Young Farmer Grand Final in Christchurch where he became the first northern competitor to win the national title. He spoke with Sheryl Brown.

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  • Horsey tales

    The equine industry can be a hard one to crack, but for four young women who have, it has been a rewarding career path. They spoke to Rebecca Harper.

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  • Enviro energy

    No one wants to see New Zealand’s beautiful countryside trashed and turned into a wasteland of dirty rivers and eroded hillsides. We look at how Young Kiwis in the ag industry are stepping up to ensure we keep our farmland productive and agri businesses sustainable.

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  • Cotton on

    Brothers Jono and Jack Lilburn from Manawatu were in a gang of six Kiwi blokes taking on the cotton harvest at Cubbie Station last summer. The numbers are huge, just like the machinery. Bernard Lilburn visited his sons to check out their day job.

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  • Home-based business

    Supporting a farming or rural partner, raising young children and operating a business from home is not easy but many rural women make it work. Conversations around the table during a family dinner, an observation made after putting the kids to bed, a request for something from a friend – all have led to three successful rural businesses started by women in the past few years. Karen Trebilcock finds out how the initial spark is easy to identify, but the desire to “do something” is what drove the women to make it work. 

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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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  • Aint that a punch in the face

    Aiden Cunningham, 23, reckons those who haven’t stepped into a boxing ring don’t know how much fun it is to be punched in the face.

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  • Muddy good fun

    What started as a simple idea to host a mud run on a family farm quickly morphed into months of hard work. Blood, sweat and tears were poured into the day even before the race was run. But the result, the McDonalds Mud Muster, pulled in more than 400 entrants in all shapes and sizes to tackle a course unique to New Zealand. Andrew Stewart gives Young Country a unique insight into the genesis of the event and some advice for others considering doing the same.

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Catch and cook - Geese

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  • Pushing the limits


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  • Oh dear, no deer!

    Its that time of year, word on the street is that the stags are moving around with the odd roar here and there. Me and my mate Smitty just got back from an epic mission into the hills out the back of home. We were originally planning to go up a ridge, stay the night, then come back down said ridge the following day with a set of antlers each and more meat than you can poke a stick at. I was carrying my bow as I have decided to give the stags a chance this roar and not take my rifle. Smitty reckons I’m going to see a stag and my homemade wooden arrows will just bounce off it and it will trot off calmly into the forest. Hence the reason he was packing a .270 Winchester Short Magnum with suppressor, match grade trigger, hand-loaded ammo and a bunch of other modifications that were going to make it shoot straighter, go further and hit harder.

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  • My first deer

    Right then, so where was I, oh yeah, deer hunting and how I got into it.

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

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  • Venison tiki tour

    Most farmed deer are found south of Rakaia River. 

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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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  • Made by Mandy

    There are no shortcuts in the making of Mandy’s Horseradish Sauce.

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  • Not your average pasta dish

    The onset of summer means different things to different people. For farmers like mum and Kevin in Otorohanga it means careful planning and management of stock to conserve grass and constant fretting over lack of rain, hoping it’s not a repeat of last year.

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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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  • Tractor trophy triumph

    Pukekawa crop man Brett Parker doesn’t give up. He spoke to Jackie Harrigan about returning to the Young Vegetable Grower competition and carrying away top prize.

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  • Wine time

    Ever wondered what wine would be the perfect match for that fish dish you’re planning to cook? Now everyone can be a wine buff, thanks to a smart new app from a young Kiwi wine enthusiast.

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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 dark days to bright future

    Richard Fitzgerald laughed when a younger, new staff member said he’d been with Young Farmers “since the very beginning”.

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  • It’s in the blood

    *Angus and Hereford cattle breeding have run thick in the blood of the Murray family for well over 100 years, in the Clarence Valley, north of Kaikoura. Tuesday June 18 marked the 44th Annual Bull Sale of Woodbank Angus and Matariki Herefords - the biggest combined Angus and Hereford sale in New Zealand. Annabelle Latz went along to see how the latest crop of Murray’s fit into the dynasty.*

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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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  • 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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  • Test the seller’s claims

    You need a trained dog, have found one that sounds suitable and the owner appears to be genuine.

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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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  • New year, new resolutions

    I don’t know if anyone makes New Years resolutions anymore – they are probably a bit ‘last century’. The thought of working on and improving an aspect of your life for a whole year, starting on an arbitrary date probably seems a bit outdated to the generation who can get anything they want pretty much instantly - from the Internet, information at their fingertips, online shopping, dial it up, slap it on the plastic, comes in the mail – job done!

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  • Sunrise industry

    Back in the 90s agriculture was branded as a sunset industry.

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