Dairy unit manager

Sam has worked his way up to become a dairy unit manager in Canterbury.

SCHOOL: Palmerston North Boys’ High School, 2007-2011, Manawatu
TRAINING INSTITUTE: Lincoln 2012-2014
CURRENT EMPLOYMENT: Dairy unit manager, Rakaia Island Farm, Canterbury

“I am driven by the opportunity to succeed and to own my own farm”

Sam Kirk’s first motivation to become a farmer came from growing up on a dairy farm. He saw the business and lifestyle benefits his parents enjoyed and wanted to follow in their footsteps.

His first step was to study for a degree in commerce and agriculture, while working part-time on a dairy farm. He says having hands-on experience while studying enabled him to apply what he learned in real life.

Since then, he has worked his way up to be a manager of a dairy unit for Rakaia Island farm near Oxford in Canterbury. He’s really pleased he chose a career path in dairy.

“I love seeing healthy cows eating grass and producing quality milk, as well as working in a team to put all the factors of farming together and achieve great results.”

Sam encourages people to meet with farmers and ask them how they have created successful farm businesses.

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