Enthusiastic dairy manager up for award
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.