Farmer sings praises of programme
If there’s one thing Waikato dairy farmer Stephen Taylor would recommend for aspiring farmers, it’s to attend Agriculture ITO’s Farming to Succeed programme sponsored by FIL New Zealand.
‘‘It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,’’ he said.
Agriculture ITO, in conjunction with dairy hygiene and animal health supplier FIL, is offering their trainees the opportunity to attend a free career development programme, Farming to Succeed. Applications for this programme are now open.
Farming to Succeed runs once a year over five days, during which participants go through a structured series of workshops, farm visits and discussion groups.
Participants work with course facilitator Grant Taylor and other leading agribusiness practitioners to explore the key ingredients required for the achievement of personal and business success. Only 25 people are accepted to each course.
Topics covered include career development, staged capital growth and asset management, goal setting and motivation, successful business partnerships, financial development, time management and managing stress.
Mr Taylor is the operations manager for Bucklin Farms, just outside of Hamilton, where he milks 1200 cows.
‘‘I wanted to expose myself to new ideas and see what can be achieved in the dairy industry,’’ he said. ‘‘ Grant really opened my eyes to my full potential and helped me realise farm ownership is a real option for me. We discussed ideas, how to get ahead and how to achieve goals.’’
Agriculture ITO’s Kevin Bryant said ‘‘fostering the development of future leaders in agriculture is an important part of our role.’’
‘‘ A practical and intensive course like Farming to Succeed opens the eyes of attendees to the possibilities of their career and starts them thinking about build- ing sustainable, profitable businesses of their own,’’ he said.
Farming to Succeed applications are open to eligible Agriculture ITO trainees from any farming sector. The North Island course will be held from March 28 until April 1, applications close on February 18. To apply trainees must currently be enrolled in Level 3 or above training with Agriculture ITO.
OPPORTUNITY: Farmer Stephen Taylor speaks highly of an Agriculture ITO programme scheduled for March.