Farming newbie finishes third
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.