Training Institute: Dairy Training Limited
Qualification: National Diploma of Agribusiness Management
Background: Sophia is 50/50 sharemilking 416 cows with her husband, Bert, and their three young children on a farm near Hamilton.
“My main role is in the business administration and calf rearing. Since taking up the diploma studies I have been much more involved in the business planning than I was previously.”
Reason / Benefits of completing National Diploma of Agribusiness Management:
Sophia is determined to continue her diploma study and complete the qualification.
“Farming is tough at the moment and I did think about delaying my studies to save money. But, I want to finish and gain the qualification which will benefit our farming business and set a positive example for our kids.”
It is this determination and the ability to see the ‘big picture’ that characterise Sophia’s approach to their farming business and her diploma studies which she is enjoying immensely.
“It is challenging, there is no denying that! But I am gaining new skills, knowledge and confidence, so the demands of the course are well worthwhile.”
It is this confidence that Sophia appreciates the most.
“I am now starting to feel like I can make decisions for our business and stand behind them knowing I have the knowledge and relevant information to back me up.”
The added bonus of her diploma study is the wonderful people she meets.
“There are some great people in our industry. It is nice to be around like-minded people with awesome ideas and views. Our tutors are knowledgeable, approachable and very supportive.”
Farm ownership is the ultimate goal for Sophia and Bert.
“Our future is definitely in the dairy industry. I look forward to furthering our career in this industry.”