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Grower to Glass

Mark and Sophie McGill both grew up in and around the wine industry, so it’s no wonder that when cider began to boom a few years ago, they thought they would try their hand at it. Fast forward 8 years, and now two kids, one international move, and thousands of experiments later, the McGill’s have

Growing Grass Roots

Chelsea Millar is a bubbly soul, paving a different sort of path in agri. Developing the digital skills and capabilities of the agri sector is a passion for Chelsea, owner and founder of Grass Roots Media NZ. By completing the Kellogg’s Rural Leadership Programme on the topic of ‘Developing NZ Inc’s Primary Industry social capital’

Hoogenboom talks ‘Hoof & Hook’

Growing up a ‘townie’ in Waipukurau with her mum and sister, Amy Hoogenboom didn’t think she would ever work in the beef industry. But thanks to an opportunity at school and her love for animals, Amy has spent the last year travelling New Zealand as the 2015 Future Beef NZ Allflex Senior Ambassador, a job

Farmers, our most important asset

When aiming for a career as a rural professional, Hannah Goodwin got a deal better than she could have ever imagined. Today Hannah finds herself on the road, discussing the most important farm asset – the farmer. Risk management with FMG is the nitty gritty of a variable that is more volatile than the weather,

A Different Kind of Buzz

The complexity of beekeeping is not something that is frequently pondered when lathering your toast with honey at breakfast time. That is unless you are on the forefront of apiary management. Much like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, not many people know what work goes into the final honey product before it ends up on the

Forging Future Farmers

You’re never too young to be a farmer. You don’t have to work on, or even be near a farm to have a passion for the industry and to enjoy socialising with likeminded people. New Zealand Young Farmers (NZYF) is a not for profit organisation aimed at New Zealanders between the ages of 18 to

Prospering Pig Passion

One of the biggest tasks one may encounter is taking a risk to make a difference to the world. For Daniel Todd, that risk fabricated as a pig farm. Daniel’s endeavour has evolved, from taking action on the very emotive consequences of commercial farming to; finding a balance between the volumes he produces, while retaining

The Ora King Experience

A fish with some fabulous features makes Ora King salmon stand out from the crowd. Although a reasonably new brand, Ora King has a long and fascinating tale to tell of how this fish variety has gained global recognition. The top of the South Island is the hub for this kiwi culinary treasure. With decades

Crickets, Careers, and Agriculture.

The next generation is leading the way in diversifying agriculture. If you think “angus beef” when you think about “farm grown protein”, you’re probably thinking along the same lines as 99% of the population. However, if you ask Jack Keeys he may hit you with a slightly different response that would have you thinking twice

UP and Coming Agri

The children are the future, but how well do they know the in’s and out’s of agri? 17-year-old Greer Baldwin, an Agribusiness student at St Paul’s Collegiate in Hamilton, sat down with us to give the inside scoop. Despite not growing up on a farm, Greer has been around agri her whole life. Her Mum,

Triumphant Tracking

What happens when you combine a notebook, hundreds of hours sitting in a tractor and staff members that are kilometres apart? A software concept, of course. Andrew Humphries, like many other Kiwis, has spent his share of cropping seasons in Australia. Sitting in his tractor for hours on end, Andrew’s frustrations arose when the transfer

Merino Lamb – Beyond The Wool

A unique product with a very exclusive supply, Cardrona Merino Lamb is bringing the pride of the high country to their local restaurants and markets. Merino lamb is nothing like your regular chop. The sheep are grazed on the Central Otago high country, on a diet of mainly native grasses. The combination of a unique

Roaring Raukumara

Adam Finlayson has a job of great responsibility – bringing a taste of the wild East Coast bush of the Raukumara ranges to the plates of restaurants all of over the country. Adam and the team at Raukumara Red have turned a passion and a hobby into a worthwhile business supplying wild venison. After a