Cole Groves

Job: Farm Manager     Area: Dunsandel

The Dairy Farmer

Cole is an Auckland city boy who caught the dairy bug at the age of seven, when visiting his aunt, a sharemilker in the Waikato. At 21 years old, Cole was already a farm manager.

What’s a typical day like for you?
The day starts pretty early. I look after 1,100 cows and have five staff reporting to me. My role as farm manager is to look after the farm day-to-day and delegate work to staff. I also do the milking twice a day. That's along with any maintenance and other jobs that crop up on or off-farm.
It's a lot of responsibility and I take the job seriously. But I love the work.

Is a degree important for the work you do?
I did a Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree at Lincoln University and I've been doing part-time work here for the last three seasons. I was a recipient of the DairyNZ Undergraduate Scholarship, so my first four years tuition were paid for - that was pretty sweet! Going through Lincoln is really a great way to get your foot in the door of the agriculture industry. Lots of staff members and employers have been through Lincoln; it's a good name to have on your CV.

What are the perks of this job?
I stay in a house rent-free, have a motorbike to ride around the farm and I don't have to sit in traffic every day. On the days that we finish around 4.30pm, we go swimming or tubing down the river, jet-boating or clay-pigeon shooting - which is one of my favourite hobbies.

How have your city mates responded to your choice of career?
They were shocked when I said I was going to become a dairy farmer, but they're even more shocked when I tell them how much I earn!

Back to The Real World
“My friends were shocked when I said I was going to become a dairy farmer, but they were even more shocked when I told them how much I earn!”

How did I get here:

School - NCEA: Agriculture, Science

University: Bachelor of Agriculutral Science