En­thu­si­as­tic dairy man­ager up for award

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James Heke is passionate about dairy farm­ing, a pas­sion that made him a fi­nal­ist in the Waikato Dairy Awards.

Mr Heke is in the run­ning in the farm man­ager of the year cat­e­gory.

‘‘ Th­ese awards pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity to mea­sure my over­all per­for­mance against my peers, and dis­cover ar­eas where I can im­prove. This will be in­valu­able, for grow­ing our busi­ness and as a per­son. The awards show­case how for­ward think­ing the dairy in­dus­try is,’’ Mr Heke said.

This is not the first time Mr Heke has been recog­nised.

In 2009 he was awarded the Dairy NZ Ca­reer change award as a part of the Ag ITO Waikato Agri Awards.

With the sup­port of his wife Lare­sia and 2-month-old daugh­ter Scar­lett, Mr Heke and his fam­ily have suc­ceeded in the agri­cul­tural busi­ness.

Mr Heke is a con­tract milker on Adolph and Mary-Ann Mathis’ Rol­lett Rd farm.

‘‘As a con­tract milker, I am re­spon­si­ble for the day-to-day man­age­ment of op­er­at­ing the dairy farm. We milk 410 cows on a 130 hectare ef­fec­tive farm.

‘‘It is my re­spon­si­bil­ity to en­sure the farm own­ers’ goals are achieved and in par­tic­u­lar pro­duce milk both prof­itably and sus­tain­ably.’’

Mr Heke said his success is due to the sup­port of his im­me­di­ate and ex­tended fam­i­lies, farm own­ers Adolph and MaryAnn Mathis, his em­ployee James Steven­son and James’ part­ner Cherie and fi­nally the in­dus­try it­self.

‘‘For those that have not worked in dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries it is prob­a­bly not ap­par­ent, but for me the amount of sup­port and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing that is avail­able in the dairy in­dus­try, it is hard for me to see how one could not be suc­cess­ful.’’

PAS­SION RECOG­NISED: James Heke with his wife Lare­sia. Mr Heke is a fi­nal­ist for the Waikato Dairy Awards.

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