Awards avail­able ex­pe­ri­ence

South Waikato News - - WAIKATO DAIRY AWARDS 2013 -

By TERESA HAT­TAN Taupiri’s Aaron Price is a fi­nal­ist in the Waikato Sharemilker/Eq­uity Farmer of the Year cat­e­gory in this year’s Waikato Dairy In­dus­try Awards.

Pre­lim­i­nary judg­ing took place ear­lier this month, with three judges vis­it­ing the Jew Rd farm.

Mr Price show­cased to the judges ev­ery­thing he does and why he does it. “Even just tak­ing part in the judg­ing was a great learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s really valu­able, even the prepa­ra­tion be­cause it means you’re look­ing in- depth at ev­ery­thing you do.

“I find the whole awards process the most valu­able be­cause it’s bench­mark­ing against the top farm­ers, top sharemilk­ers. I want to strive to be the best so it’s a way to be up there.”

He en­tered the pre­vi­ous two years, mak­ing the top six. He is thrilled to make the fi­nals again and is hop­ing it’s third time lucky. “I’m go­ing for the top plac­ing now.”

Mr Price has been in­volved in farm­ing full­time for five years. He com­pleted a Bach­e­lor of Agri­cul­tural Com­merce de­gree at Lin­coln Univer­sity.

The 27 year old grew up on dairy farms but got his “busi­ness sense” from univer­sity.

“I could then put both of them to­gether and go straight into a herd man­ager’s role.”

He has spent one sea­son on his cur­rent farm in Taupiri, af­ter three years’ sharemilk­ing down the road with 400 cows. He is still in part­ner­ship with this farm.

He said the best thing about be­ing a farmer is the bal­ance it gives to his life. “You’re run­ning your own busi­ness but you’re hands on, you’re out­side. You get the whole as­pect of a busi­ness with a great life­style.”

The young farmer en­cour­ages oth­ers to en­ter the awards next year.

NOM­I­NATED: Taupiri farmer Aaron Price has been an­nounced as a fi­nal­ist.

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