Study to ex­plore daily lives of sharemilk­ers

Matamata Chronicle - - Out&about - TERESA HAT­TAN

Mata­mata res­i­dent Gail Adams is hop­ing to un­der­take a study which will cap­ture just some of the ev­ery­day­ness of what it’s like to be a sharemilker.

The teach­ing fel­low at the Univer­sity of Waikato would like to hear from those in the in­dus­try happy to share their ex­pe­ri­ences.

As a part of her aca­demic re­search, Gail is want­ing to un­der­take a project on the ex­pe­ri­ences of sharemilk­ing based in the Waikato re­gion.

‘‘Sharemilk­ing is se­lected for this study as there has been rel­a­tively lit­tle writ­ten in cul­tural, fem­i­nist and ru­ral geography about the ex­pe­ri­ences of ef­fec­tively land­less farm­ers.

‘‘Ru­ral ge­ogra­phies – which fo­cus on farming – of­ten in­clude ideas around the im­por­tance of place, land and com­mu­nity which may form the bedrock of farming iden­ti­ties.

‘‘Very lit­tle is known, how­ever, about farming prac­tices which are in­her­ently

‘‘There has been rel­a­tively lit­tle writ­ten . . . about the ex­pe­ri­ences of ef­fec­tively land­less farm­ers. ’’

in the Waikato re­gion,’’ Gail said.

Gail sees this study as just the be­gin­ning, with hope that there would be a much big­ger re­gional ge­ogra­phies-fo­cused study to come.

‘‘Sharemilk­ers are an im­por­tant but un­der-re­searched co­hort of the farming com­mu­nity,’’ she said.

If you would be will­ing to take part in the study, email Gail at

The Univer­sity of Waikato’s Gail Adams says lit­tle is known about ‘in­her­ently mo­bile’ farming.

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