University: Massey 2011-2015
Degree: Masters of Science majoring in AgriScience
Current employment: Developer, DairyNZ
DairyNZ scholarship recipient: 3 years
Job description: My role at DairyNZ allows me to bridge the gap between science and extension by developing tools, resources and content for farmers when new research comes available. I really enjoyed this role as it I work in a range of projects and it allows for a balance between office and field work, which is great.
Leadership and professional development: I recently stepped down as the Chair of the Tasman Young Farmers Region, a role which allowed me to be a part of the National Committee of Young Farmers, provided opportunities to be exposed to and learn about governance-level strategies.
I am a big believer in creating your own opportunities and developing yourself. I have taken part in courses including 'Shining Under the Spotlight' run by Fed Farmers, and 'It’s All About You' run by the Agri-Women’s Development Trust.
I am also really passionate about giving back to those that have supported me and supporting the local community. I am keen to continue with any personal development courses while using any new skills to help me to support the community around me.
Comments on the scholarship: The DairyNZ scholarship is an amazing opportunity and truly priceless. Aside from the financial support, DairyNZ provides professional support, workshops and networking opportunities throughout your time at university, as well as continuing to provide a support network once you are in the industry, which I have found invaluable.
Future plans: My partner and I also contract milk 400 cows in Canterbury, and have recently brought our first line of heifers, starting our journey towards sharemilking. I hope to to play more of a role in the farm business, whilst contributing to the wider industry through my role at DairyNZ.