James LuoFarm Assistant
James’ love of a video game and travels around New Zealand led him to a dairy farming career.
SCHOOL: Haian High school, China, 2011-2013; Taylor’s College, Auckland, 2014
TRAINING INSTITUTE: Massey University, 2015-2018, Bachelor of Agri-science (Agriculture)
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: Farm Assistant
“By working on the farm and accumulating my experience I can step up in the farming profession”
James came to New Zealand as an international student to study calculus, statistics, physics, and biology. However, after travelling around New Zealand during a semester break, he saw lots of beautiful farms which reminded him of a video game he used to play.
“Playing Harvest Moon is about a man who wakes up at 6am every day and starts farming, he has a cow shed, chicken barn, and a piece of land. This was fascinating to me.
“Travelling around the North Island I kept seeing farms that reminded me of the game. So, I thought, that’s what I’ll do. That’s how I got into studying agriculture and going dairy farming.”
James changed all his papers after just four weeks at Taylors College, where he was doing foundation study, to study a Bachelor of Agri-science.
“I am interested in farming because it includes animals, soils, pastures, mechanics, and financial skills; farming is very diverse. I can’t see myself just sitting in front of a computer or in factory and doing the same thing every day.”
James works as a Farm Assistant on DairyNZ’s Scott Farm, a research farm in the Waikato.
“I’ve just started my job and still have a lot to learn. By working on the farm and accumulating my experience I can step up in the farming profession.
“In the future, I would like to be involved in trials on Scott Farm, hopefully jumping through some roles to learn more. It depends on what opportunities pop up.”