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By TERESA HATTAN Taupiri’s Aaron Price is a finalist in the Waikato Sharemilker/Equity Farmer of the Year category in this year’s Waikato Dairy Industry Awards.
Preliminary judging took place earlier this month, with three judges visiting the Jew Rd farm.
Mr Price showcased to the judges everything he does and why he does it. “Even just taking part in the judging was a great learning experience. It’s really valuable, even the preparation because it means you’re looking in- depth at everything you do.
“I find the whole awards process the most valuable because it’s benchmarking against the top farmers, top sharemilkers. I want to strive to be the best so it’s a way to be up there.”
He entered the previous two years, making the top six. He is thrilled to make the finals again and is hoping it’s third time lucky. “I’m going for the top placing now.”
Mr Price has been involved in farming fulltime for five years. He completed a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce degree at Lincoln University.
The 27 year old grew up on dairy farms but got his “business sense” from university.
“I could then put both of them together and go straight into a herd manager’s role.”
He has spent one season on his current farm in Taupiri, after three years’ sharemilking down the road with 400 cows. He is still in partnership with this farm.
He said the best thing about being a farmer is the balance it gives to his life. “You’re running your own business but you’re hands on, you’re outside. You get the whole aspect of a business with a great lifestyle.”
The young farmer encourages others to enter the awards next year.
NOMINATED: Taupiri farmer Aaron Price has been announced as a finalist.