Town girl aiming for life on land

Telford student Alena Schwartfeger, pictured with her dog Smoke, is looking forward to a career...
Telford student Alena Schwartfeger, pictured with her dog Smoke, is looking forward to a career in the sheep and beef industry. Photo supplied.
Alena Schwartfeger may have had an urban upbringing but her heart is now firmly in the country.

Miss Schwartfeger (18) has been awarded the Beef and Lamb New Zealand Telford Agribusiness Scholarship for 2013, which contributes to the cost of tuition fees up to a maximum of $4000.

Originally from Hawera in Taranaki, she came to Telford last year and completed a certificate in agriculture and, this year, is studying towards a diploma in rural business.

While she came from an urban background, she had friends on a farm and she enjoyed helping out. She also enjoyed going hunting and working with livestock and dogs.

She described Telford as an ''awesome'' experience. She had learnt a lot and gained a lot of skills and knowledge, particularly from work experience when hosted by farmers.

Once she completed her studies at the end of November, she hoped to get a job as a shepherd and work her way up, possibly to a farm manager's position.

She might also complete some university papers through Lincoln at some stage.

Sheep and beef farming was her passion and she enjoyed the variety of the work - ''not one day is exactly the same'' - along with the people involved and the environment.

She has two dogs, a heading dog and a huntaway, which she is training at the moment.

Beef and Lamb southern South Island extension manager Paul McCauley was impressed with the calibre of applicants for the scholarship.


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