Name: Allen Gregory
Location: Lumsden, Southland
What’s your job? Stock manager at Stag Valley for the past two years.
How did you get into this line of work? I grew up on a lifestyle block and when I was at school my great-aunt and uncle had a farm and I used to help them at the weekends. I always knew that farming was what I was going to do.
What does a typical working day look like for you? Today I started with a couple of shifts selecting a group of lambs to go to Chicory which is a finishing farm where they eat different feed. And selecting another group of lambs to go to the freezing works next week. This afternoon I’ll move ewes from one block to another. Then I’ll pull in some cows close to the yard so we can get their calves weaned.
What qualifications or training did you need? I did a four-year Bachelor of Agricultural Science with Honours at Lincoln University. After that I worked shepherding at Mt Linton, a big station in the South Island. I’ve always had an interest in genetics work so that was one of the drawcards of going to Mt Linton, where they have two sheep studs and an Angus stud. Genetics work involves getting DNA samples and working out which rams should go with which ewes, for example.
What are the best bits about your job? The variation, no two days are ever the same. Working outdoors and with the animals. It’s definitely better than doing office work.
What are the worst bits? Probably not being able to control the weather. You might work really hard to get something achieved, but the weather changes and it’s ruined.
What’s your biggest career goal? I want to go on to an equity manager’s role and get into farm ownership that way.
If you weren’t doing this job, what would you most likely be doing? Farm consultancy work so I’d still be in agribusiness but not hands-on on a farm.