The winners of the Canterbury/North Otago New Zealand
Dairy Industry Awards were announced on March 4. Reporter
David Hill finds out what it takes to win the title. This
week, he talks to Trainee of the Year award winner Isaac
Isaac Vujcich was named Canterbury/North Otago Trainee of
the Year in the region's dairy industry awards last month.
Isaac Vujcich has no regrets about giving up city life to
In September 2012, Mr Vujcich decided to leave behind his
life in Auckland and move to Oxford, where he started work
with his uncle Harry Meijer on a 700-cow dairy farm on the
north bank of the Waimakariri River.
Last month, Mr Vujcich was named Canterbury/North Otago
Trainee of the Year in the region's dairy industry awards.
''No, I didn't expect to win. It was a complete surprise. I
know some of the guys in the final, so when they announced
third place, then second, I thought `I'd like to see who beat
them'. I didn't expect it to be me,'' he said.
Mr Vujcich spent four years working in information
technology, then completed a bachelor of business studies
degree, majoring in management and marketing, before
realising city life was not for him.
''I came down and had a look round and ended up talking to
Harry and it turned out his 2IC had just left, so he took me
on and this season I became his 2IC.''
Mr Vujcich will be moving to a new 2IC position on a bigger
farm in Methven in June, which he was looking forward to. His
long-term goal was to buy his own farm.
He said the dairy industry awards had helped him address his
''It has also helped build my confidence in work and in
general, and I've enjoyed meeting new people in the dairy
industry and building on those relationships.''
Darfield assistant farm manager Brad Fallaver was placed
second, while Lincoln assistant manager Adam Vollebregt was
Other training awards presented include:
Ngai Tahu Farming Knowledge award - Brad Fallaver.
FarmRight Leadership award - Fiona McRae (Ashburton).
DairyNZ Practical Skills award - Brad Fallaver.