International perspectives ... A group of University of Nebraska agricultural students spent several weeks
earlier this year visiting farms in New Zealand. One stop was at Mt Peel Station, near Geraldine, where they talked to owner John Acland. Photo by Steve Jones
Despite enjoying visiting different farming systems in New
Zealand for the past month, 41 students from the University
of Nebraska have yet to develop a taste for Vegemite, tour
leader and animal science professor Steven Jones says.
The tour, which is held every two years, is the fifth
organised jointly by Lincoln University and Nebraska
University. It is for mainly second- and third-year
Professor Jones said the students, who had a range of
agricultural backgrounds, were studying various disciplines
including agri-economics, agronomy, ecology, land and farm
management, animal and food science and agri-education.
''They are aged between 18 and 24 and this is by the far the
biggest group we have had,'' Professor Jones said.
''We have been on the West Coast and seen several farms
''We also went down to Te Anau to the Landcorp's Stuart Farm,
and also visited some meat works.''
They also visited Rex and Audrey Stevenson, of Glenkylie
Farms, also near Te Anau.
''Some of the students had never left Nebraska before and now
they are getting a good appreciation of international
''We have also had some fun and went on a boat trip to
Milford Sound, got to jump out of an aeroplane and jump off a
cliff with rubber bands on our feet.''
He said for some what they had seen on the tour was a
''Some are altering career plans to include more
international agriculture than before they went on tour.''
He said several had asked about internships within New
''Many would love to come back.
''They have enjoyed the hospitality they received here but
have not yet developed a liking for Vegemite.
''I don't know if they ever will.''
- by Yvonne O'Hara