School: Hamilton Christian School
University: Massey University, 2016-2018
Degree: Bachelor of Science, Agricultural Science major, Animal Science minor
Current employment: Farm Assistant, Scott Farm, DairyNZ
Job description: My role involves performing day-to-day farm operations such as milking, farm maintenance, and animal husbandry. As Scott Farm is a research farm, there is also the opportunity to get involved and help with the various trials taking place.
Studying an agricultural degree has provided me with a strong foundation of knowledge that I am now using every day in my role. It has allowed me to gain a greater understanding of the reasons behind tactical management decisions made and given me the skills to be able to contribute to these discussions.
DairyNZ scholarship benefits: The scholarship provided more than just a financial benefit. The networking dinners provided me with a chance to learn of the vast array of career options the New Zealand dairy sector has to offer, as well as the opportunity to network with sector leaders. The mentoring offered was also hugely beneficial as it allowed me to plan and focus on my goals during my studies, and resulted in some excellent work opportunities.
Future plans: I intend to pursue an on-farm career and would like to work my way up to a management role in the future.