Mata­mata woman not chicken about study­ing

Matamata Chronicle - - What’s On - ABBY BROWN

A Mata­mata woman’s en­thu­si­asm for chicken farm­ing has been re­warded.

Da­hook Az­zam, who works at an Ing­hams En­ter­prises meat chicken breeder farm, won the Poul­try Trainee of the Year Award for 2015 re­cently.

The award is given each year to the top-per­form­ing trainee in all of the train­ing cour­ses run by the poul­try in­dus­try, in co-op­er­a­tion with the Pri­mary In­dus­try Train­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Da­hook is cur­rently an as­sis­tant farm man­ager whose role in­cludes daily feed­ing, wa­ter­ing and en­vi­ron­men­tal checks of the birds as well as farm and staff man­age­ment and data en­try. "It is a very good com­bi­na­tion,’’ she said. ‘‘I have the hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence of be­ing a worker with some re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as a man­ager, so it is a very use­ful and prac­ti­cal thing for my ca­reer.’’

Orig­i­nally from Jor­dan, where she gained a Mas­ter’s de­gree in an­i­mal sci­ence and then worked as a sci­ence teacher, Da­hook im­mi­grated to New Zealand two years ago with her fam­ily.

Da­hook will un­der­take fur­ther study.

Course co-or­di­na­tor at Pri­ma­ryITO, Tanya In­gram, said Da­hook was a very wor­thy win­ner of the award.

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