Current employment: Senior Sire Analyst, LIC
Training Institute: Massey University
Casey Inverarity began her Sire Analyst role with LIC in December 2011.
“When the position at LIC was advertised no one in my class at Massey University knew anything about it,” says Casey. “Once I found out more about the job, I knew it was for me. I had an interest in genetics from my earlier days on our dairy farm and from relief milking during school and university holidays.”
Studying Biology, English, Chemistry, Physics and Calculus at school as well as getting practical experience on dairy farms greatly helped Casey make the transitions from school to university and then from university to work.
“I was ready to go to work because I had some experience and knowledge,” Casey says.
The challenge of breeding the perfect bull motivates Casey. Breeding and purchasing Holstein/Friesian and Kiwi Cross bulls are the key parts of Casey’s role at LIC.
“This is a really positive job which is why I love it,” explains Casey. “Telling a farmer ‘you’ve got this really awesome cow!’ is a rewarding part of the work. I get great satisfaction knowing that I am helping improve the breeding worth of the New Zealand dairy herd. Being the first port of call for farmers for breeding advice is satisfying. Even though the workload can be high at certain times of the year, it is a great job."
In June 2014 Casey was promoted to the new position of Senior Sire Analyst.
“I am always keen to seek out key people in the industry to talk to – how can I keep growing, how can I keep learning? I believe that this and my positive attitude contributed to me getting a promotion.”
Casey aspires to a management position in the future.
“I definitely want to stay and be a leading person in this exciting industry.”