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Pheasant Beating at Craigmore Station
Photo by Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith

Primary Industry Update

Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith —

Two of the PIA old boys were awarded their Level 3 Machine Processing Qualification at the recent Forestry Awards. Jordy Muru and Olly Dowding both gained places in the 2017 PIA class and worked for Port Blakely in the Geraldine Forest for their Year 12 work placement. 

Jordy Muru and Olly Dowding — Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith

The boys were quick to demonstrate their skills and work ethic and were soon driving million dollar machines each week. They were both offered jobs in August last year which led to them being awarded scholarships into the Mike Hurring Machine Processing programme run in Balclutha. Their placement days, while at school, were able to give them a taste of life and full time employment in the forestry industry. They are now living the dream and look set to have a bright future ahead of them.

Pheasant Beating at Craigmore Station is underway with the first of 4 trips completed. The chance to hang out in the hills and meet a wide range of people while participating in a fairly unique activity is one of those chance in a lifetime opportunities. Having a yarn in the sunshine at the top of a hill with all food provided - what’s not to love!

Pheasant Beating at Craigmore Station — Mrs Sarah Foley-Smith

The FMC Young Farmer TeenAg crew had their final fundraiser last week. The Quiz night broke all previous records and our golden total of $1,778 sets a new world record in Geraldine for the most funds raised at a Quiz night! The fact that our TeenAg competitors were so successful at the regional qualifying competition, being able to fundraise for 15 students to travel to Napier to the final and to experience Primary Industry in a different part of New Zealand is largely due to the fabulous Geraldine community who are always ready and willing to help with training, sponsorship and fundraising jobs. Thank you so much.