Training Institute: Dairy Training Limited
Qualification: National Diploma of Agribusiness Management
Background: Alan and wife Liz have been back in New Zealand for over three years. “I returned take up the role as Director on the family farm, near Tirau.”
After a successful career as a secondary school teacher Alan, Liz and their four young children are pleased to be home.
“I grew up on the family farm and worked during holidays milking cows, driving tractors and doing general farm work for Dad and farmers around the district.”
Alan completed a Sport and Leisure degree at The University of Waikato after leaving school, and then went on to do his teacher training at the University of Canterbury. Over the next 12 years Alan taught in New Zealand, the United Kingdom and, for the last four years, the Cook Islands. A top rugby and cricket player, Alan played rugby at provincial level and also for New Zealand Universities and Teachers’ Colleges, and cricket at international level for the Cook Islands.
Enrolling in the Diploma in Agribusiness Management was an easy decision for this lifelong learner who is keen to learn and increase his knowledge about dairy farming, his new career. “I have a thirst for knowledge.”
Reason / Benefits of completing National Diploma of Agribusiness Management:
With just the Property Report left to complete his diploma, Alan is clear that the diploma programme equips him to undertake a major transformation of the farm from a ‘high input’ system 5 one to a more pasture based farm that focuses on best practice pasture management, grazing and utilisation.
“Benefits gained from the course include the ability and confidence to analyse and make changes to current farming practice.” Alan is actively involved in DairyNZ discussion groups, field days and farm focus groups.
Alan plans to complete the farm system change to lock in long term sustainability and he is committed to a career in dairy farming.
“I plan on operating a resilient and healthy business that makes a cash positive income in a wide range of pay outs and climatic variations. I am not there yet but I am working hard towards that!”