Below are some previous recipients of The Richard Wigram NZ Farming Scholarship.
19 yrs has just completed a BTEC level 3 at Plumpton Agricultural College and is off to work for Brad Eyre in the Waikato region N Island.
"I am really looking forward to going out to New Zealand, to meet new people, see different ways of farming and just trying to learn as much as possible to bring back home with me. I really appreciate the opportunity the Rich Wigram Scholarship has given me and hope I can do it justice."
Alex has just completed a BSc in Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural University and is going to work for The Darby family near Huntly, N Island.
"I will be heading to New Zealand in July of this year and I can't wait to find out what the country has in store for me. Working in one of the most productive and progressive agricultural industries in the world will, I'm sure, provide me with a great springboard for a career in farm management. I know there will be so much to learn, so I look forward to becoming part of a team on a farm where I will be able to gain deeper insight into the agricultural industry in New Zealand. The Rich Wigram Scholarship has already provided me with so many useful contacts to enable me to find rewarding work in New Zealand. Now it's all down to me to go and make the most of it! If you are interested in seeing what I get up to during my year in New Zealand, check out the Rich Wigram New Zealand Farming Scholarship Facebook and Twitter pages or follow me on Twitter! @dunn97_alex"
"I am really looking forward to have the opportunity to travel to NZ and work for a year. I am hoping to further my knowledge and travel and visit other farms, that will lead to more chances that I would not have had by staying in the U.K. I'm also hoping it will help me to decide what job role I may wish to follow in the future, I am very excited to travel as it's always been an interest of mine to go to NZ and work and travel. "
"Being given this opportunity is an absolute blessing for me in so many ways. I have never done anything like this before and I am really looking forward to the challenge. I have been interested in Nz for a while after seeing a few friends go out there and I love cows, now I get to combine the two! An absolute dream and an opportunity of a lifetime! I am so grateful as the scholarship will enable me to gain vast amounts of practical dairying knowledge and alongside my degree will really benefit my future dream career in AI, here in the U.K."
To be given the opportunity to work in New Zealand will be one of the best things of my life! I'm really looking forward to working on the huge scale that NZ offers! I wish to be able to take experiences that I will be given and bring them back to guide me in the UK.
Liam performed really well for the Darby family and stayed on for a second year managing a 400 cow herd, he is now running a large herd in Dorset.
Joe Mellor 18yrs from Roweltown, Carlisle has a Level 3 Diploma from Reaseheath College, Nantwich. He has a job with Aaron and Frances Coles (who employed Emily 3yrs ago) nr Ashburton S. Island they have 2 herds of 1100 and 1000 cows.
Maggie Palmer worked for Tom and Leanne Heneghan at Raikaia about an hour south of Christchurch milking 1400 cows.
Brought up on a pig and sheep farm Maggie soon turned her attention to cows. 'I love cows!' was her response to 'why do you want to go to NZ?'
The following is an extract from her feedback on returning to UK:
Laura Cable also worked for the Heneghans.
Laura completed a degree in Agriculture and Livestock Science at Nottingham University, her farming background was from a beef,sheep and butchery business. Laura commented before going out
Zoe Jackson was the first of our recipients to work for the Heneghans at Rakaia as a year out placement for her BSc in Animal Science at Hartpury College.
4 months into her year she writes.
Since writing this Zoe's plans changed, she decided to stay in NZ! Writing in May 2016 she says
Dafydd Evans worked for Dan Brice with 600 cows near Mangakino in the South Waikato, only 1/2 hour from the tourist hotspot of Taupo.
Harry Knott went to a farm near Culverden (Canterbury Plain) as a 2ic with 600 cows he then stayed another year at Geraldine with 3000 cows. Now back in the UK. In July 2016 he writes
Emily Waghorn worked for Aaron and Frances Coles nr Temuka 2hrs S of Canterbury (see Joe Mellor 2016) Writing in 2016 Emily said...
James Fernie (right) for New Zealand in early June 2012 to take up a role with Mootivated Farming Ltd on a 600-cow dairy farm near Kaitaia on North Island. James commented:
James is 21 and worked as an assistant herdsman on a 200-cow herd at Long Clawson, near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire. James was the recipient of the full scholarship of a work placement in NZ and return flight.
Kerry Jerman (right) in early July 2012 to work at Whakanui Farms in the Waikato region of North Island. Kerry said:
Kerry is 22 and has just completed her final year studying Agriculture with Business Management at Aberystwyth University. Kerry so impressed us at interview that she was awarded a contribution towards her flight to NZ.