Primary Industry Placement Profile
Every Tuesday I go out on PI placement to Hamish Pearse’s dairy farm in order to further my skills in this industry. Although I have been a relief milker for Hamish in previous years, I have learnt so much more as having the opportunity of work placement has allowed me more time to learn what there is to know and in more depth. A typical day sees me on farm by 5am doing the morning milking which involves cups on, using teat spray, treating and detecting health issues such as mastitis. I also shift breaks, check the run-off block, do general maintenance around the farm e.g. water troughs, fences, vehicle maintenance, drenching and drafting.
I plan to return to school next year and follow this up with a B. com/Ag at Lincoln.
Every Friday I go out on PI placement where I work at either Bruce & Rosa or Hamish & Amanda Westgarths' farms. The smaller of the farms is around 200 hectares and between the farms they run 650 stud Coopdale sheep plus around 4000 other sheep and over 100 Boar goats. Throughout the year so far I have done many different jobs including pressing wool in the shearing shed, tagging hoggets, weighing and drenching lambs plus everyday jobs like shifting stock, killing dog tucker and drafting. As part of the course we have to check water supply, animal health, and log quad and tractor hours. I am working towards gaining my level 2 NCEA and National Certificate in Ag. Next year I plan to leave school and then hopefully work on a station.