Farm­ing new­bie fin­ishes third

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery - By IRIS RID­DELL

An­drew Sather­ley is thrilled. The Wa­haroa dairy farmer came third in the Waikato Farm Man­ager of the Year cat­e­gory of the 2012 Dairy In­dus­try Awards.

‘‘I was very happy with my po­si­tion­ing for my time in the in­dus­try,’’ Mr Sather­ley said.

‘‘I en­tered as a trainee last year but this is the first time I’ve placed.’’

A new­comer to the in­dus­try, Mr Sather­ley said he be­gan farm­ing two years ago.

‘‘I was just hop­ing for a merit award; there are six for that di­vi­sion but I missed out on all of those and didn’t think I had a chance.’’

He re­ceived $1500 worth of prizes, in­clud­ing a $500 travel voucher.

‘‘It was a good lit­tle prize pack,’’ he said.

Mr Sather­ley, who man­ages a herd of 470 on 112 hectares, said he was en­joy­ing farm­ing and found it a very pos­i­tive in­dus­try to be in­volved in.

‘‘Be­cause I’m rel­a­tively new, I’m pro­gress­ing as quickly as pos­si­ble,’’ he said.

‘‘I’m quite pro-ac­tive with re­gards to fur­ther ed­u­ca­tion. I’ve done a level 4 AGITO course and am do­ing level 5 at the mo­ment.

‘‘I’m also get­ting ad­vice from my un­cle, a ru­ral banker, who has paved the way for me.’’

The Farm Man­ager of the Year win­ner was Thomas White of Otoro­hanga. Nathan and Vanessa Mc­cluskie from Pukea­tua came sec­ond.

Pleased: Third place Waikato Farm Man­ager of the Year re­cip­i­ent An­drew Sather­ley with Aba­cus Group ad­viser Jamie Toon.

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