Northern Victorian dairy farmer Jessie Weaver said the DairyPath program changed her life by connecting her with a range of new opportunities in the wider dairy industry.
The 25-year-old farm hand took on a role milking cows part-time at a 250-cow farm in NSW during her university studies.
As her passion for dairy grew through her work on-farm, Ms Weaver took a break from her studies to focus on farming full-time, eventually moving to Undera, Victoria, to work on a 1200-cow farm.
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While she was sure about her love for dairy farming, she felt less certain about how to turn ambition into reality.
"I had no plan for the future before DairyPath," she said. "I had no idea what the opportunities were in the industry beyond milking cows."
DairyPath provided Ms Weaver with an opportunity to build her skills and better understand the range of opportunities and career pathways available to her in the dairy industry.
By participating in the program, she was able to create a five-year plan, setting her sights on either starting share farming or starting an agribusiness degree by 2021.
"Through DairyPath, I am so much more confident and so much more enthusiastic about getting out of the bed in the morning," Ms Weaver said.
"I now have goals, I know where I'm going and I have the motivation and drive to get there."
This story first appeared on Australian Dairyfarmer