#Landyourdreamjob

There are good wages to be made in agri and great business building opportunities, and a fantastic lifestyle. We need you to help us tell other young people what else is great about working in the sector. Make us a short video to tell young non-rural people why they should consider a career in agri or hort – tell them a bit about your job, why you love it and what the opportunities are – we will brand it #landyourdreamjob, use it for promo on the website and send you a branded fleecy tee for your troubles.

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Self belief is no bull

With the National Rodeo Title under his belt in 2010/2011, Adam Jamison knew he had what it took to follow his bull riding dreams on Canadian soil. 

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  • All in a deer’s work

    With a nurse mother and accountant father, Rachel Worth had to rely on Dunedin school friends to spend time on farms as a kid.

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  • Pay it forward

    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.

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  • Test drive your dream job: Getting into seed field appeals

    *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.*

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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.*

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Ben of the high country

Ben Maxwell grew up as a city boy but he’d had a taste of farm life and knew where he wanted to be. Signing up for a course on high country farming set him free to follow his heart.

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  • From a cream can to Piccadilly Circus

    In the first of a new series of stories about OE agri-Kiwis, Johnny Rowe transferred his kiwi agri-banking career to the bright lights-big city of London and not only survived the global financial crisis but has thrived since. Andy Rowe found out Johnny loves the high rolling stakes of global acquisitions but still hankers for the Kiwi farming sector.

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  • The art of stock judging

    Stock judging competitions have been a big part of Young Farmers lives for the best part of a century, giving young farming people the chance to learn more about judging the structural soundness and superior breeding characteristics of stock they see and judge every day on the farm. The competitions allow young stockmen and women to pit their skills against other judges and to be exposed to other types and breeds of livestock over 150 years of competitive showing. While stock judging opportunities for youth have changed in recent years, the importance of the skill has not diminished. The ability to assess animals and make wise selection decisions translates to improved animal performance and a better financial bottom line. James Hoban investigates.

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  • Attitude king for career changers

    “We need more young people in the industry like him,” was the resounding testimonial from his boss for career changer dairy assistant Andrew Bell. Andrew’s boss really rated him for his attitude, his passion for the industry, his enthusiasm for learning and his maturity about the huge workload on a 750-cow farm. It’s a common testimonial for young and not-so-young workers who chuck in their city and corporate lifestyles and embrace a farming life, throwing themselves into early starts, late finishes, training and career planning, usually with large degrees of success. Jackie Harrigan profiles a couple of young career changers and asked how the journey has been.

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  • Capturing the image of farming

    Animal rights groups often use emotive images that are outdated or factually incorrect when they try to drum up anti-farming support from the public, like the recent PETA campaign.

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Steps to succession

Succession planning is a term that has been talked about increasingly in the rural sector yet still seems to be placed in the too-hard basket.

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  • Livestock online

    *Problem:* Stock agents have details of their lines of stock for sale in their notebooks and their heads – why can’t the pictures and details be instantly up on the internet for everyone to see them?

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  • FarmHelp at your fingertips

    Kiwi ingenuity accompanied by 40 years farming experience and a whole lot of can-do attitude got BaleTwine Apps off the ground in August 2012.

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  • Stock on your device

    Identifying a gap in the market, Jason Kjestrup had a brainwave on how to help stock agents and farmers advertise or find stock or grazing.

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  • For the record

    Standing atop a hill, surveying his leased farm, 18-year-old Andy Lowe wondered what size each of his paddocks was. The most obvious answer – get out the measuring wheel. "Hold on," he thought to himself "I have a surveying degree."

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Mixing work and play

A university degree with a mixture of plant biotechnology and computer studies has been a winning mix for Vincent Borgers who uses both his strengths in his role with Plant and Food as a data systems analyst, creating a system to efficiently record and access data on kiwifruit cultivars.

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  • Hop to it

    Most ardent beer fans have never seen the tiny green hop cones that deliver aroma and flavour to beer, but fourth generation hop grower Brent McGlashen lives and breathes the aromatic crop.

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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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  • Win an agri scholarship with Woolies

    Applications are open to any young Kiwi farmers, graziers, station managers, students and agronomists for one of 25 places in an agriculture business scholarship programme run by Countdown’s parent company, Woolworths.

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  • Ballance rewards young talent

    Ballance Agri-Nutrients has awarded $60,000 in tertiary study scholarships to seven talented students who have set their sights on careers in the primary industries sector.

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Flying to freedom

You probably know Mary Wanhill as Scary Mary or Mary Perkins. She earned the nickname Scary Mary for a reason – how scared the crowd was to see her flying through the air on, above or somehow hanging on to a freestyle motocross bike.

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  • Cars and cows

    The flying dirt and roaring stock-car engines are a weekly fix for thousands of addicted motorsport fans. Stock car meetings are among the most consistently attended sporting events, a family event that tends to attract family participation. Joblin is a name synonymous with stock car racing. Russell Joblin was a top stock car driver in the late 1970s and 80s, who won the NZ Champs in 1985. Now his sons Simon, Scott and Adam are following in their father’s footsteps. Ross Nollycaught up with the boys whose life is cars and cows.

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  • Winged wonders

    A century ago the world was embroiled in a conflict the likes of which had never been seen before. World War I drew innocent young Kiwis into a bloody conflict on the other side of the planet against a foe that was impossible to understand, but equally impossible to ignore. The onset of war accelerated mechanisation at a rate never before experienced, and there was no better example of that than the first airplanes used in conflict. One hundred years later some of those incredible contraptions were on display, with many others, at a flying festival fit for the stars. Wings over Wairarapa 2015 took on special significance because of its timing and as Young Country found out, it did not disappoint.

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  • Winged Wonders

    *A century ago the world was embroiled in a conflict the likes of which had never been seen before. World War I drew innocent young Kiwis into a bloody conflict on the other side of the planet against a foe that was impossible to understand, but equally impossible to ignore. The onset of war accelerated mechanisation at a rate never before experienced, and there was no better example of that than the first airplanes used in conflict. One hundred years later some of those incredible contraptions were on display, with many others, at a flying festival fit for the stars. Wings over Wairarapa 2015 took on special significance because of its timing and as Young Country found out, it did not disappoint.*

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  • A real Barrier bloke

    Great Barrier Island isn’t home to many but it’s sustained generations of Wayde Blackwell’s family. And because he couldn’t tear himself away from its lifestyle there’s a new generation beginning life on the island.

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Hunting the great outdoors…and home

Hello there one and all. I hope you all had a great couple of months and managed to get out there and play just as hard as you worked.

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  • Bitten by Chihuahua’s kindness

    San Cristobel is a tourist resort nestled in the mountainous region of Chiapis, southern Mexico. Made famous by the Zapatista Uprising in 1994 when the 'Army of National Liberation' captured and held the town for two weeks before being overrun by the military. It is a long way from northern Mexico where I spent a week in the desert presenting a new bow hunting series being filmed for the Discovery Channel. 

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  • Branding a stag

    This yarn is about Patrick. Patrick was engaged to be married you see and no self respecting kiwi bloke would dare tie the knot without first having a stag party. As it so happened the lads shanghaied me into taking them on a rafting trip down a river to spot X with the intention of getting the stag onto a stag while having a jolly good time in the process, if that makes sense.

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  • Flock off, sheep

    Spring. That means longer days and more work.

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  • Chasing the chamois

    Hooks. Sharp hooks, well, horns actually. 

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Shades of greens

Three years ago Mosgiel couple Dale and Hannah Jordan knew nothing about hydroponics. Now they’re experts – although they won’t admit it.

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  • 'Ave an avo

    Escape to the country could be the headline for the bold move by Maria and Diego Fathollahi when they cashed in their Auckland do-up to buy a run-down avocado orchard at Houhora in the Far North.

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  • No blues for berry buddies

    Heidi and Ben Rosewarne unintentionally started their berry empire but now they are cornering the market in adding value to their produce and using their smart marketing strategy of getting to parents through the children.

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  • Venison tiki tour

    Most farmed deer are found south of Rakaia River. 

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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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The fruits of his labour

Education and experience can take you a long way in your career, but networking and mentoring can open doors you never dreamed of. Future Leaders chairman Shaun Vickers has benefited from that, and wants to offer other young horticulturists the same opportunity.

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  • Working on Wellness

    Federated Farmers policy advisor Kristy McGregor has seen the positive effect that running a ladies’ weekend full of fun and frivolity, but with an underlying emphasis on emotional and physical wellbeing, can have for rural women in Australia, and sees the potential to kick off a similar series here too. Jackie Harrigan chatted to the Aussie import about the Channel Country Ladies’ Day.

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  • Step by Step

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

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  • Woolly thinking

    Wool industry training has undergone some massive changes over the past few years. Rebecca Harper caught up with some woolly workers and captured their reactions on the new model of on the job training.

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  • Think big

    James Matheson fell into dairy farming through sport but has found he no longer dreams of professional rugby as he says there is much more long-term potential in dairy farming. Being a finalist in the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer awards last year has made him think about the potential in Maori agriculture and to want a piece of the action.

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Mastering the agribusiness

Agribusiness has become buzzword encompassing the huge business of agriculture and young people are starting to realise the jobs that are available for a business graduate with a good understanding of agricultural or horticultural industries. Jackie Harrigan talked to a couple of young graduates who took their agribusiness studies to the masters level.

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  • Realising potential

    Loretta Smyth has proven herself as a farm manager developing a rundown farm and is now making similar inroads into Northland College’s underperforming dairy farm. Jackie Harrigan talked to Loretta about realising potential – in her dairy herd and in the agri-academy students learning their trade on the farm.

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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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  • 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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Dogs need consistency

A common mistake people make is waffling to their pups and dogs in sentences or repeating a command over and over again.

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  • Worrying dogs

    I recently had a phone call from a friend with a huge problem.

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  • Don’t teach bad habits

    It is very important when you rear a pup to ‘start as you mean to go on’. You might inadvertently teach the pup something that is annoying further down the track, so think carefully about everything you do.

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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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  • 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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Making good coin

I’ve been thinking about why anyone would sign up to the dole when there is a shortage of workers in the agri industry. 

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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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  • OE Kiwis

    When I was 21, I set off with a friend to work a university summer on a Queensland cattle station.

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  • Annual Achievement Awards

    You have all heard of the Oscars and the Golden Globes...Well this year we would like to bring you our own awards to honour 2014...

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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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Conversational reviews – Chatting over a cuppa

Having an employment relationship where both parties feel valued has a positive flow-on effect much wider than just on the farm.

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  • Getting to know each other

    The interview is probably the most important conversation you will ever have with a potential employer or employee. It is your first chance to make a great first impression and to determine whether that person is the person you want to enter an employment relationship with and work with onfarm. The interview is about giving and gathering key information. Most importantly, it’s about quantifying information; the skills, attributes, attitudes and working conditions needed by each party to assess if the job will be the right fit. Being prepared for an interview is critical. 

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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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Young Country + April, 2014 e-zine

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Thanks for your decade long advertising support

10 years 5

NZFW celebrating a decade of agri news coverage at its best

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