GRACE GIBBERDFARM ASSISTANT
Grace says you cannot beat working in the outdoors in a career with lots of variety and many career progression opportunities.
SCHOOL: Hamilton Christian School, 2011-2015
TRAINING INSTITUTE: Massey University, 2016-2018, Bachelor of Science (Major: Agricultural Science, Minor: Animal Science)
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: Farm Assistant
“I love the sheer variety that farming provides and I love being able to combine my interest in science with my passion for the outdoors and animals.”
Grace did not grow up on a farm but still went dairy farming.
“Although I had lots to learn, I had really encouraging bosses who were willing to teach me the skills and knowledge I needed to do my job well.”
She also says there are many career opportunities and you do not need a lot of experience to go dairy farming.
“If you are willing to learn and apply yourself in all situations, you will do well. Practical skills can be taught and there are plenty of training and learning opportunities in the dairy sector!”
Grace says dairy farmers wear many hats and that it can be hard work but totally worth it.
“Being a farmer means you are an agronomist, vet, mechanic, animal nutritionist, machine operator, and soil scientist. It also means early starts and long hours during busy times of the year (calving time), but you can’t beat working outdoors.”
Now she has big dairy farming career ambitions.
“I plan to work my way up into management roles then, long term, I would like to go sharemilking.”