Tasman’s Clay Paton by no means thought of dairy farming as a profession – now he is a passionate advocate.

Clay and Joy Paton’s dairy profession is gaining traction as they put together to take over managing a 550–cow farm in Golden Bay subsequent month.

For Clay, 24, the transfer from being an assistant supervisor on Brent and Michelle Reilly’s Dovedale farm comes on the heels of being named the nationwide Dairy Trainee of the Year on the Dairy NZ Awards earlier this month. He took dwelling round $11,000 in prizes and likewise gained the Best Video award, made with the assistance of buddy Rowan Grey.

Dairying was not Clay’s first profession alternative.

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NZ Dairy Trainee of the Year Clay Paton, left, with Roman, daughter Isla and his spouse Joy. Paton’s urging younger folks to get into the trade, which he stated is progressive, supportive and supplies wealth creation alternatives.

He studied panorama structure at Lincoln University for 18 months earlier than he and Joy took up a 3 month contract on a dairy assist farm close to Alexandra, in Central Otago in 2013.

The 570 hectare the farm carried 600 blended–aged cows on fodder beet, 600 blended–aged heifers on kale and 600 cows on grass together with 3000 ewes on swedes and grass.

“By the end of it Joy and I were running the dairy side,” Paton stated.

West Coast and Top of the South Dairy Manager of the year, Jack Raharuhi , left, West Coast-Top of the South Share ...

West Coast and Top of the South Dairy Manager of the yr, Jack Raharuhi , left, West Coast-Top of the South Share Farmer of the Year, Murchison’s Jon and Vicki Nicholls, and Dairy Trainee of the Year Clay Paton on the Dairy NZ Awards.

While Joy’s mother and father had been sharemilkers, and she or he had labored on dairy farms, it was Clay’s first style of dairying – and he beloved it.

“I can make money working from home and be alongside my household.

“The resources from Dairy NZ are fantastic. Being involved with the awards, what you are exposed to, the people and the industry support – it’s amazing.”

Dairying provided entrants a profession path and an opportunity to construct capital in a short while, he stated.

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 “As a young person in the industry Fonterra, and its philosophy in terms of milk and global need, makes me confident there will be somewhere to sell my milk when I am 40.”

Joy stated the dairy trade labored for younger households. “You really get a decent shot.”

However, not sufficient younger New Zealanders had been deciding on dairying as a profession, he stated.

“Part of the reason I made the video was to get young New Zealanders passionate about the industry.”

The different was to assist enhance the general public’s notion and understanding of dairy farmers, he stated.

People who had by no means been on a farm didn’t have a clue in regards to the actuality of farming, he stated.

“But there are young people in the industry, like myself, who will be doing what they can to increase the awareness of the industry.”

Paton stated 95 per cent of farmers did the correct factor by way of effluent administration, animal husbandry, hygiene and milk high quality.

“But there are always some who drop the ball.”

Joy stated dairying allowed them to develop their very own enterprise

“When the kids are at school it will be us working together to achieve our goals.”

“Right now it’s a good household life-style. We can stroll as much as the cow shed and hang around with Clay for the afternoon.

“And although Clay would not get each weekend off he in all probability sees his children greater than a somebody driving to work.

“It really is a family lifestyle job,” she stated.

 Family performed an vital half within the couple’s choice to maneuver to the Golden Bay farm, which can also be owned by the Reilly’s.

“We are looking forward to the community side of things, the young farmer group and there are lots of families like us with younger kids,” Clay stated.

And it was additionally a step alongside their deliberate path to at some point proudly owning their very own farm.

 – Stuff

Dairying affords profession path and household life-style to younger farmers by: Pamela Hendrix published:


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