After a summer internship working with AgFirst agricultural and environmental consultants, Sam Pike could be forgiven for feeling a bit ho-hum about returning to lectures.
Working alongside AgFirst’s Erica van Reenan in the Manawatu and Whanganui regions, Sam was involved with putting together One Plan Land Use consents, nutrient budgets, Farm Environment Plans, project work, field days – and visiting the farms and farmers involved in all of these.
“I really enjoyed it and it gave me insight into all the legislative requirements farmers are working under.”
A variety of opportunities
Now in his third year of an Agriscience Degree at Massey University – majoring in agriculture – the Beef + Lamb New Zealand scholar says the internship has opened his eyes to the ever-increasing variety of work agricultural consultants are being required to do, particularly in the environmental space.
Meeting so many people within those few months was a real highlight for Sam and made him aware of the range of careers within the agricultural industry.
It was, he says, a bit of a reality check, as he realised the many opportunities available to him – and this does include returning home to the family sheep and beef farm at Bulls.
Making a difference
Having grown up on the family farm, Sam says he has always wanted to be involved in the sheep and beef industry – and fortunately for the industry – he is keen to make a difference in whatever way he can.
While he is undecided in exactly what form this will take, he lacks for nothing in motivation. A competitive swimmer, he has maintained the tough training schedule throughout his university years while still being involved in the Massey University Young Farmers club and Horticultural Society. While on internship, he became involved in the Rangitikei Rural Fire Force which he really enjoyed as again, he met such a mix of people.