Name: Matthew Wright
Training institute:Dairy Training Limited
Qualification:Studying for the New Zealand Diploma of Agribusiness Management
Background:After gaining an AgriManagement Diploma in his homeland, South Africa, and then farming organic lilies in England, Matthew now has over 10 year’s experience in the New Zealand dairy industry.
A man of huge energy and enthusiasm for life, Matthew is a proud father of two boys, is married to Sally and together they contract milk 550 cows, employ over three staff and have the potential to go into an equity partnership with the current landowner in the future.
Autumn calving is a feature of their operation. Matthew gleefully explains that he can check calves at night wearing just his boxer shorts and can get away from working in the heat during his annual February holiday!
“My passion for this industry which I came into in 2008 has led me to enter the Dairy Industry Awards twice in recent years. I reached the final stages in the second year. I am involved in hosting field days and discussion groups on farm and I am a qualified LIC AB Technician as well as completing many other short courses, such as milk quality, grow safe and Farm Safe courses because I want to learn as much as I can to be a successful farmer,” says Matthew.
Reasons/benefits of completing the New Zealand Diploma of Agribusiness Management: “I arrived in New Zealand with no dairy farming experience and I have progressed quickly in the industry because I embraced the learning opportunities that PrimaryITO provides through a whole suite of courses,” Matthew explains.
A man who loves working with people, Matthew is looking forward to becoming a part-time tutor of PrimaryITO courses for Dairy Training Limited.
The diploma is providing essential business knowledge that enables Matthew to grow and develop their six year old contract milking business.
“I have also been blessed by having amazing mentors over the years who helped me grow as a farmer and as a person. I am giving back to our community now as a volunteer firefighter and through involvement in youth sports and community groups in the district.”
Future goals: “The opportunity to go into an equity partnership is a real one,” says Matthew. “I would also like to enter the Dairy Industry Awards again and to maintain my connections with the movers and shakers in our industry so that we can make significant contributions in the future,” Matthew concludes.