Name: Catherine Came
Training institute: Dairy Training Limited
Qualification: New Zealand Diploma of Agribusiness Management
Background: Catherine has extensive experience in the dairy industry. She and her husband own three farms, all of which have different operational structures and herd sizes.
“I am passionate about the dairy industry. It has offered fantastic opportunity for us to work hard, as a couple, to achieve business and lifestyle goals for ourselves, and family,” Catherine explains. “I also really believe that women too often undervalue the major contributions they make, or could make, to their farming businesses.”
Reasons/benefits of completing the New Zealand Diploma of Agribusiness Management: “I wanted to upgrade our systems and knowledge in the face of industry challenges, particularly in the areas of human resources and environment,” explains Catherine.
“I also wanted to get some professional development in an industry I have spent most of my working life. I have a Business Management degree, but felt it was time to update.”
The diploma, which Catherine completed in mid-2018, has delivered on all her expectations. “The results are new HR systems and Farm Environmental plans now in place. Improved recruitment, retention, and staff management practices mean we are seeing happier staff who are performing and progressing well and staying longer. Staff turnover is costly, we are aiming to be employers of choice,” says Catherine.
“We are also now benefiting from being more proactive and confident in making, and reviewing, strategic and management decisions.”
Catherine also valued the Dairy Women’s Coach Approach pathway. The flexible structure enabled her to study at her own pace and the regular deadlines and contact sessions kept the programme moving. “I could also relate all modules immediately to our business”, she says. “I was well supported and enjoyed the connection with others in the group. “
Future goals: “To have a strong, sustainable, business that we enjoy long term. We aim to be the best we can be by looking after our people, our animals and our environment while producing quality product,” Catherine says. “It is a challenge we are well equipped to meet and match.”