3 Jul 2020

A Taste for Dairying

From Country Life, 9:14 pm on 3 July 2020
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Photo: RNZ/Carol Stiles

Teina McIntyre is sick of living in a caravan.

The former furniture remover is one of the first students to take part in Dairy NZ's GoDairy training programme - a free, entry-level course for people looking at changing careers and moving into dairy farming.

Teina grew up on farms and is tempted by dairy farming's rent-free accommodation, a decent wage and possibly free meat and milk.

And he loves the thought of working outside.

"I just want to get amongst it," he says.

Teina's partner Caitlin McRae is also on the course.
"I haven't worked on a farm before but now, seeing it all, I definitely reckon it might actually be where I belong," she says.

The three week course finishes next week.

'I just hope we'll ace it and get a job. I'm just hoping to get onto a good farm. I really want to just start working."

Dairy NZ says there are about 1000 vacancies for dairy staff.

So far 93 people have signed up for the GoDairy courses.  

Three-and-a-half million dollars are being spent on the campaign to attract newcomers to the industry.