Taranaki 2019 SFOTY Leah and Jacob Prankerd.

Taranaki Share Farmer of the Year winners Jacob and Leah Prankerd say entering the dairy industry awards gave them deeper understanding of their business and taught them to be proactive not reactive.

Don and Kirsten Watson.

Northland ‘Tiller Talk’ farmers Don and Kirsten Watson took a leap into farm ownership in 2017-18, moving to South Head (Kaipara Harbour Edge). 

Farm manager Tom Buckley.

Owl Farm uses proven research and good practice and, importantly, encourages young people into the dairy industry.

One in five people interested in taking up dairy apprenticeships are from Auckland and one in three people placed in apprenticeships are women.

As in the other primary sectors, dairy is experiencing a demand for labour, says Jane Muir, DairyNZ people team manager.

A government policy of a compulsory stand-down that would send home certain migrant workers after three years is a ‘vote-catcher’ they don’t intend to implement, says immigration law specialist Ben De’Ath.

Dairy farming is a hands-on industry, but Frankie Stevens discovered that understanding the theory and business practices that underpin a farm is the key to success, comments Primary ITO.

 

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