Award gives in­cen­tive to aim higher

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY / NGA¯ KO¯RERO TAIWHENUA - By PET­RICE TAR­RANT

En­gi­neer­ing was Storm Bur­rows’ dream ca­reer but the 2015 Waikato Dairy In­dus­try Awards fi­nal­ist is glad it never even­tu­ated.

The 19- year- old com­peted against 27 other en­tries in this year’s Waikato Dairy Trainee of the Year com­pe­ti­tion.

Bur­rows is only just fin­ish­ing his sec­ond full sea­son farm­ing but said he had ex­pe­ri­ence on his side in the com­pe­ti­tion.

This is the sec­ond year he has en­tered in the trainee of the year cat­e­gory.

The for­mer Pu­taruru Col­lege stu­dent’s full­time farm­ing ca­reer be­gan last sea­son down in Wairarapa where his for­mer manager en­cour­aged him to en­ter.

‘‘I went along, I didn’t make the top six though.

‘‘When I left [Wairarapa], I set a goal to beat where I got be­fore.’’

And a few hours of study and a touch of hard work later, he has ac­com­plished that goal.

Bur­rows, who is now the 2IC on a Pu­taruru farm that milks 335 cows at peak, said he can visu­alise his fu­ture in the in­dus­try.

‘‘Even­tu­ally one day I’d like to own my own farm.’’

He has even paved out the mile­stones he will need to check off to get there.

But this was not al­ways his ca­reer of choice.

‘‘I was ac­tu­ally go­ing to be an en­gi­neer. Farm­ing was just around at the time.’’

And it beats be­ing in a of­fice, he said.

Op­por­tu­ni­ties such as the one he was granted through the Waikato Dairy In­dus­try Awards are great in­cen­tives to keep aim­ing higher, he said.

‘‘You get to meet a lot of peo­ple and prac­tice skills you don’t do a lot of on the farm.’’

YOUNG FARMER: Storm Bur­rows, 19, has had a crack­ing start to his dairy farm­ing ca­reer by be­ing se­lected as a fi­nal­ist in the 2015 Waikato Dairy In­dus­try

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