Northern NSW up-and-coming dairy farmer Jeremy Miller used Dairy Australia's DairyPath program to take the next step in his journey to owning his own farm.
With a strong focus on personal development, the 24-year-old saw the program as an opportunity to plan for the future and build his skills.
"I think any young person coming through dairy and wanting to pursue it as a career should have the opportunity to go through DairyPath," Mr Miller said.
"It challenges you and shows you where you want to go by exposing you to different people and teaching you life lessons professionally and personally.
"You get to know other young people through the program, who for me have become friends for life."
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Driven by his desire for a fast-paced, hands-on work environment, Mr Miller began working on a dairy farm during his university studies.
His passion for herd management and love of milking saw him eventually pursue a full-time farm hand role.
"I'm a person who loves to be on the go all the time, and I always need something to do," he said.
"Dairy farming always gives you something to do, and there's never been a dull moment."
Through DairyPath, Mr Miller was able to plan his next steps in the industry, including pursuing a lease or share farm arrangement within the next five years and eventually owning his own farm.
The program honed his knowledge of the industry and broadened his contact base, while also teaching him the value of work-life balance.
"The main thing I've gotten out of it is teaching myself to be who I am, not change myself for others, and that life's not all about work," he said.
"Dairy farming is always intense and if I want to be in the industry long-term, I need to learn the value of time management and work-life balance."
This story first appeared on Australian Dairyfarmer