First-year Lincoln student Allen Gregory is no stranger to the sheep and beef industry. He owns a Border Leicester stud with his parents and has been involved on the cattle show circuit for many years, both as a competitor and as a registered associate breed judge, and in mentoring other young people into leading and handling stock. He started a Young Farmers club at his college and won a place in the national Teen Ag contest two years running.
Allen loves working in such a rewarding sector, in which "you can capitalise on the work and effort you put into it". With a long-term goal of farm ownership, he hopes to first work as a farm manager and consultant, "to help farmers become more sustainable in their practices so they farm environmentally, economically and socially sustainably, as this is one of the limiting factors affecting the primary production industries for the future".
Winning a Beef + Lamb New Zealand scholarship reduces Patrick's need to work as he studies, giving him more time to focus on his twin goals of representing New Zealand at hockey and achieving a high grade in his agricultural commerce degree.
The first-year Lincoln student was brought up on his family's 1100ha sheep and beef farm on the east coast of the North Island, and can't imagine doing anything else. "All my after-school and holiday work has been on the farm and this is ultimately where I desire to be in the future. With these surroundings, the agriculture industry, particularly beef, has always been of interest to me and something I wish to pursue."
A keen show competitor, Patrick has also had experience as an Angus judge. While still at school he completed wool handling and shearing courses and has already put these skills to use in the woolshed, at home and while crutching for others.
Jock grew up on a sheep and beef farm near Masterton, developing a strong passion for the industry at a young age. He is currently in his first year of a Bachelor of AgriCommerce at Massey, to give him the best possible start in the industry.
With experience as an ambassador for the sector already under his belt, this accomplished multi-code sportsman does not lack focus or ambition.
"I aim to finish university with a greater knowledge and understanding of the New Zealand livestock, meat and agribusiness sectors and, in the future, become a leader in the sheep and beef industry. Through either an agribusiness role or farming, which is what I most enjoy (my ultimate goal is farm ownership) I want to be in a position that is adding value to the New Zealand sheep and beef industry so that we can continue to be the world's best."
Lana’s upbringing in rural Northland on her family's sheep and beef farm inspired her passion for agriculture.
“It gave me the drive to pursue a career of innovation and sustainable development within the industry.
“This scholarship gives me confidence the industry is behind me, and a head start financially. I am excited about what my future at Lincoln University will bring, as each day I learn something new and am motivated to learn more.”
Alex is the sixth generation of his family to be involved in the sheep and beef industry, and has spent his whole life living on a large hill country station near Gisborne.
“I am currently studying a Bachelor of Science at Massey University, double majoring in Agriculture and Animal Science. I've a particular interest in genetics, breeding and livestock reproduction and would one day like to own my own farm.
“I feel honoured to receive the B+LNZ scholarship. In addition to the financial assistance, it gives me the opportunity to meet and gain advice from industry leaders. I am thrilled at the opportunities that will arise from the contacts I will make, and the head start it will give me in pursuing my agricultural career.”
From a young age Sam has been surrounded by sheep and beef farms, while not actually living on one. Proximity has led to a passion for this particular sector of the agricultural industry.
“More recently, I’ve been exposed to and have thoroughly enjoyed the business side of the industry, so studying a Bachelor of Commerce in Agriculture at Lincoln University was an obvious choice for me.
“I feel truly grateful to have been awarded the Beef + Lamb New Zealand scholarship. Having the opportunity to meet with some of the key leaders within the sheep and beef industry is priceless, and even more beneficial to me than the financial assistance this scholarship offers.
“I plan to gain experience in the sheep and beef industry and eventually move into developing lamb feed-lotting within New Zealand.”
Originally from Taranaki, Paula is studying Animal Science at Massey University in Palmerston North.
“I plan to return to the farming community and develop a career in research, specifically in the areas of large animal production and breeding enhancement. Having cared for many animals I am committed to improving systems to enhance health and recovery procedures.
“The B+LNZ scholarship will not only help me reach my full potential here at Massey but also allow me to explore a wide range of career pathways and opportunities and expose me to fresh ideas.
“It’s an honour to be part of the scholarship programme and I am confident I can use the support to add value to the agriculture and farming sectors.”
George grew up on a sheep and beef farm in the West Waikato and has always participated in the day to day running of the farm.
“This has developed my passion for agriculture and it has only got stronger as I have grown older. In my semester breaks from university I work locally on farms and for the local shearing gang.
“I am extremely grateful to Beef + Lamb New Zealand for awarding me this scholarship as it not only provides financial certainty but also the opportunity to meet like-minded people that are passionate about farming. It will also give me the chance to develop a career path in the industry.”
Born and bred on a sheep, beef and deer farming property at Maraekakaho, Hawke’s Bay, Rowan is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Agricultural Commerce at Lincoln University.
“Having lived and worked on farms all my life I have developed a real strong passion for the agricultural industry. Agriculture was a definite career choice for me, and my mind is set on farming and my ultimate goal of farm ownership.
“I aim to continue the operation of my Suffolk sheep stud and also run a cattle and deer farming operation. Aside from a personal gain from the industry I aim to make a contribution to clubs, societies and organisations that have a positive impact on the rural sector.”
Cameron grew up on a sheep and beef property near Dannevirke.
“My intention has always been to make my career in the agriculture industry, in one way or another.
“I feel privileged to have been chosen as a Beef + Lamb New Zealand scholar for 2011. The contacts and experiences I will gain will be invaluable to help me pursue my goals.
“In the future I plan to become a leader in the industry by doing what I enjoy, either actively farming or in an agribusiness management role.”
Sam is aiming for a high level career in the agriculture industry.
“It’s something I strive for – it is what I am most passionate about. I am very privileged to have received the B+LNZ scholarship as it allows me to meet highly respected people within the agriculture industry from whom I am able to gain knowledge, inspiration and further connections.
“The scholarship also offers financial assistance so I can fully focus on my studies rather than having the distraction of a part-time job.”
Britt is studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Lincoln University.
“Growing up in rural Wairarapa I developed a passion for the outdoors and always knew that I wanted to be involved with agriculture. This scholarship has given me a fantastic opportunity to get a head start in the industry.
“Not only does it allow me to make connections and be inspired by others who are working in leading edge fields of agriculture, but it also widens my vision of what is possible going forward.
“I am particularly interested in the research and development side of the industry and hope that in the future I can help to make New Zealand's agriculture more efficient and sustainable.”