Quinn Morgan

2021 Finalists

Quinn Morgan

Ngati Tuwharetoa/Atihaunui-A-Paparangi te iwi.

Quinn Morgan is very new to the dairy industry and is in his first season of farming working as a Farm Assistant for Sam and Kate Moore on their 155ha farm in Otakiri near Whakatane. They milk 570 cross breed cows through a 36 aside shed and are on system three. Eighty percent of the farm is irrigated.

Quinn, 26, was born in Taumarunui but lived in Tongariro National Park before moving to Whanganui, where he went to primary and intermediate schools. In 2007 he moved with his mother, stepfather and sister to Australia where the family sought out a new life. In Australia Quinn was involved in the fitness industry, working full time with at a gym in Perth. He played rugby and a whole range of sports and represented Māori in these all over Australia. While there, he married Samantha and they now have three children.

He came back to Aotearoa in 2020 with his suitcases and dream of getting a job and making a better life for his wife and children. They waited patiently for six months in Perth until he got a job. His farming career began when some of his relations offered him work experience and that’s when he fell in love with the dairy sector. This led to him being employed full time as a farm assistant with the Moore’s.

Since then he’s completed day courses such as, Calving Smart with DairyNZ, First Aid For Cattle with Bayvets, Lameness Course with Dairy Hoofcare Institute. Quinn is currently wrapping up his Level 3 with Primary ITO and Starting his Level 4. He’s a member of the Farm4Life Education Hub, and has registered his interest for the Fed Farmers Leadership Course. Quinn has also entered the NZ Dairy Industry Awards. Meanwhile, wife Samantha is studying a Diploma in Agribusiness.

He say he always wanted a career that would involve his wife and family and dairying has done just that. He says the dairy lifestyle suits him especially being home for breakfast and seeing the kids head off to school. Quinn likes the early morning starts and the hard work.

He says working in the dairy industry is a real treat and as a young father has given him stability and helped him and his wife develop great aspirations as a collective. More good news for next season as he’s been offered a Sole-Charge Management Position for the 2021/2022 season with the same employers. The couple will head to Galatea on a 95ha farm with 280 cows this coming May. Later on, he hopes to go contract milking.