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Elle Moyle

Jack Raharuhi

James Robertson

Australia
New Zealand
New Zealand
 

Elle Moyle

Dr Elle Moyle, 29, a District Veterinarian for Agriculture Victoria, also owns her own sheep and beef property in Hamilton, Victoria. Moyle was a finalist in the Nuffield Scholarship earlier this year, a 2020 Victorian Cattle Council Rising Champion finalist, is a guest lecturer at both La Trobe and Melbourne Universities and a volunteer firefighter.

Elle’s role as a District Veterinary Officer has a focus on livestock biosecurity and animal health, with the aim of maintaining important international markets and improving animal welfare. She has a vital role in the education and prevention of exotic animal diseases to Australia. She trained with farmers and vets in rural countries such as Nepal to increase capability and recognition of Australia’s biggest biosecurity risk, foot and mouth disease.

 

Elle completed a double degree of Veterinary Science and Veterinary Bioscience at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. She spent her final year completing externships in equine surgery and medicine at UC Davis, California, Gray County Veterinary Clinic Pampa, Texas and in the Royal Dubai Equine Hospital, UAE.

 

As a private veterinary surgeon, Elle has worked in the Adelaide Hills of South Australia and Mackay in northern Queensland where she cared for all animals but had a focus on large animal production. 

In 2016, Elle returned to Victoria to commence the position as District Veterinarian. Within a year of moving back near the family property, at 27, Elle purchased her first farm.

Since then she has worked to develop the property, making improvements to the fencing, water systems, pastures and homestead while increasing livestock numbers. She is currently lambing down 1000 composite ewes and running a spring calving Angus herd. 

Despite having most weekends working on the farm, Elle is a keen hockey and polocrosse player and also runs a wedding venue business.

Being a finalist in this award has been massive opportunity for Elle to develop key networks with some of the best in the industry and she has been thrilled to get this far. 

Jack Raharuhi

Jack Raharuhi, 27, is the Buller Dairy Group Operations Manager for Pāmu Farms in Westport. Jack was the winner of the Ahuwhenua Young Maori Farmer of the Year Award in 2016 and winner of the Dairy Manager of the Year for the West Coast Top of The South in 2017.

 

In his current role at Pāmu he oversees 4 dairy farms and a machinery syndicate at Cape Foulwind, and Health and Safety leadership for 10 dairy farms. Following three years as a trustee, Jack has also recently been appointed as Chair of the West Coast Focus Farm Trust, a not for profit organisation that sets out to enhance profitable farming on the West Coast. He is also involved with PrimaryITO as a Dairy IPG Member. 

Jack has a passion for developing, coaching and mentoring the next generation of leaders and stands by his career values Attract, Develop, Retain. He’s heavily involved with training and mentoring staff as part of his leadership role in the West Coast 2IC Development Programme.

Jacks leadership journey started out in a less conventional way than many, describing his teenage years as “a dark time” in his life, where he surrounded himself around the wrong people and made plenty of bad decisions along the way. However, he’s been able to draw on these experiences to inspire his peers, encouraging them to believe in themselves and their aspirations. 

He also gives back to the community wherever he can, co-ordinating the Gateway Programme through Buller High School, and providing work experience for students.  

Jack is a proud West Coaster, where he lives with his wife Charlotte and three children, gets out surfing when he can, and does his bit for the #westcoastbestcoast.

James Robertson

James Robertson, 23, hails from the Waikato, having grown up on a 200 pedigree Holstein Friesian family farm before heading to Palmerston North to study a Bachelor of AgriCommerce degree at Massey. 

 

At the time of application James was a Sales Graduate for Fonterra in Auckland, with experience across sustainability, venture capital, trade strategy and global supply and demand. He now holds the role of Technical Assistant to the Managing Director of Co-operative Affairs at Fonterra and works closely with the Fonterra Management as the secretariat for their monthly meetings. 

 

In 2019 James won the title of FMG NZ Young Farmer of the Year and became the youngest in the competitions’ 51-year history to win the award. James has also recently represented New Zealand at the International Food and Agribusiness Management Case Study Competition in China, where the team from New Zealand placed 2nd in the world.

 

He is actively involved in a number of industry groups including Worksafe, Future Food Network and New Zealand Young Farmers, where he’s currently Chairman for the Auckland branch. Robertson is committed to sharing his passion for the industry, inspiring the next generation of agri-food leaders and sharing good news stories via his strong social media channels.

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