Farmer sings praises of pro­gramme

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

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.

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