Matamata woman not chicken about studying
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.