School: Reporoa College
University: Massey University, 2016-2018
Degree: Bachelor of Science (Animal Science and Agricultural Science)
Current employment: Science Technician / Farm Services Officer, AgResearch Tokanui
Job description: Tokanui is one of AgResearch research farms where a range of scientific trials, from agri-tech to cow fertility, are conducted. My role allows me to assist with research trials on farm. This usually involves taking milk, soil, and pasture samples as well as coordinating the animal movements and implementing feed plans for the trial cows. I am also involved in the general farm work, milking, pasture management and farm maintenance, which gives me a good balance between science and commercial farming practices.
DairyNZ scholarship benefits: The DairyNZ scholarship helped me to connect with sector leaders and build my interpersonal skills - like learning how to network. The scholarship contributes hugely to minimising my student loan, which is a major benefit.
Future plans: I plan to gain more on farm dairy experience to further my career and move up the management ranks. Travelling has also been a big goal for me and I am planning my overseas experience which will involve working in the agriculture sector. This will give me the opportunity to experience agriculture in other countries.