Kayne Smith + Marianne Venecamp

Job: Sharemilker     Area: Orawia Western Southland

Brief introduction:
Marianne 26, Kayne 25 contract milk 500 cows in Orawia Western Southland.

What does your Typical day involve?
5am cups on, milking takes about 1 ½ to 2 hours, during the day we do odd jobs from weed control, fencing to maintenance. We start milking again in the afternoon at 2pm and home by 5pm. 

What do you love most about your job?
We love being outdoors, working with animals and the challenges that comes with Dairy Farming. It is great being able to work and grow our business together.

What skills do you need to do the job well?
Having passion and enthusiasm for your job will bring you a long way. It’s really important to be being able to work as part of a team.

What Qualifications are important?
We have learnt by doing, discussion groups are helpful; we go to a local discussion group in Tuatapere which is run by DairyNZ. We also attend AgITO but I don't think that qualifications are necessary.

What is the most challenging aspect to your job?
The most challenging aspect of our job would be the hours worked to get to where we are now.

Is a farming background essential?
A farming back ground is not essential all though it does help, Kayne didn't start farming till he was 13 on a sheep farm part time, while Marianne was brought up on dairy farms.

What advice would you give to young people?
If you can find a really good employer that can help you grow – respect them and learn from them. You also need to be keen, motivated and have a passion that will get you a very long way.

Future goals:
Short term goal is to improve the genetic profile, to bring the heard up to a high PW and BW. However biggest goal is to be a farm owner and to achieve this at the highest standard.

Back to The Real World

How did I get here:

School - NCEA: Agriculture, English, History, Physical Education and Art

University: AgITO and Certificate in Artificial Insemination