Josha MacDonald has finished his first season 50:50 sharemilking with his wife Aleshia, meeting their target of 64,000kg MS from 180 cows (355kg MS/cow).
The 22-year-old started building his herd while working on his parent’s farm in Huntly and in 2011 was second in the Dairy Trainee of the Year competition for the Auckland-Hauraki region. They have another two years at the Cloverdowns property at Karaka and then they hope to step up to milking 350 to 500 cows.
“If you are able to do well in a competition it shows that you are someone who is motivated and willing to put in the hard yards,” MacDonald said.
Josh and Aleshia Macdonald were runners-up in the 2021 Bay of Plenty Share Farmer of the Year category. They won $3,750 in prizes and one merit award.
The couple are 50/50 sharemilking on Paul and Heather Warneford’s 120ha Waimana farm, milking 270 cows.
They enjoy working with cows and in the outdoors. “We really enjoy breeding cattle, working together and the career opportunities the dairy industry offers,” they say. “It’s a great place to raise our family.”
The MacDonalds identify obtaining their first sharemilking role, improving their herd and increasing cow numbers as some of their biggest successes and would like to change some public perceptions of the dairy industry.
Future farming goals include increasing their profit, growing stock numbers and reducing debt leading to farm ownership.
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