The group is racing through their first week in New Zealand as part of a three-week all expenses paid trip in memory of former Farmers Guardian livestock reporter Louise Hartley.
Ten young agriculturalists are nearing the end of their first week touring New Zealand as part of the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund study tour.
The group jetted off from Dairy Tech on February 6 and have since been chatting to The Resilient Farmer Doug Avery, been learning about the country’s famous Manuka Honey and have spent numerous hours at beef and sheep farms.
They are yet to head to the Ministry of Primary Industries to talk all things trade and investment, have a chat with Jason Te Brake, the former chairman of New Zealand Young Farmers, and kick back on a number of farm stays.
The programme will take the group to a number of towns, cities and regions, including Blenheim, Taranaki, Nelson, Wellington and Palmerston.
They are the first team to be awarded the fully funded three-week trip from the scholarship fund, in memory of former Farmers Guardian livestock reporter Louise Hartley who died of ovarian cancer in June 2016, aged 24.
Paul Fox of Kite Consulting, who is joint lead on the trip, said: “The aim is to help the participants develop their knowledge and experiences of agriculture and the food supply industries to help them achieve their career objectives.
“In turn it is expected that the knowledge they share with people in the industry will leave a lasting legacy in memory of Louise.”
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