The Farmers Fast Five : James Maxwell
The Farmers Fast Five : Where we ask a Farmer Five quick questions about Farming, and what Agriculture means to them. Today we talk to Hurunui Proud Farmer James Maxwell.
How long have you been a Farmer?
I grew up on the family farm. When I left school I did a year at Telford then came back to the family farm for a few years before heading to western Australia to do cattle mustering on and off for 5 years. Next I went to Canada for a year to work on a crop and cattle ranch. After that I did a few years casual farm work around the Hurunui district. In 2012 we extended the family operation to include a block in Greta Valley. I ran that until 2016 when we purchased the neighbouring farm to our family farm, which is where we are now.
(2) What sort of farming are you involved in?
Sheep, beef and dairy support. Our main focus is on lamb production with as many lambs off mum as early as possible. Our new block has 150ha of irrigation which we finish the rest of the lambs on and may give us the opportunity to finish store lambs.
(3) What makes you proud to be a Farmer?
The opportunity to carry on our parents legacy by farming in a sustainable way for the next generation just as they did for us. Growing and looking after healthy stock and seeing them doing well.
(4) What do you love about your job as a Farmer?
Farming as a family operation. Overcoming the challenges that I come up against, whether it's day- to -day, weekly or seasonal.The variety of work throughout the year, no two days are usually the same.The location, working my dogs on the hills while taking in the amazing views out over the Amuri basin in one direction and Scargill/Omihi in the other. Having many outdoor activities at our doorstep thanks to living on the banks of the Hurunui river.
(5) What advice would you give to the next generation of Farmers?
Have long term goals but make sure you are enjoying the day to day along the way. Be open to new ideas and new ways of thinking. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice.