5 April, 2024

Teen eyes farm ownership

FRAMLINGHAM teenager Kiarna Murfett might only be 18, but she already has eyes set on running her own farm.

Kiarna Murfett is looking forward to one day running her family’s farm at Framlingham.
Kiarna Murfett is looking forward to one day running her family’s farm at Framlingham.

Kiarna is currently working on a dairy farm at Panmure as she completes her agricultural studies with support from a DemoDAIRY Foundation school scholarship.

It’s all part of a long-term plan to take over her family farm at nearby Framlingham.

Kiarna secured a job with Danielle and Tom Wright at their Panmure dairy farm after completing her certificate 11 in Agriculture, with Danielle as her teacher.

“I finished year 12 and was looking for work and I was offered a job on the Wright’s farm, so it was perfect,” she said.

Already well versed in dairy farming from her family background, Kiarna is now enjoying the variety of work the industry offers, from milking cows and feeding calves to drilling and fixing fences.

She is now studying a certificate III and will start a certificate IV in July.

“I’ll stay here for a few years and hope to go back to work on the farm with Dad and Mum and take over the family farm when they’re ready to retire,” she said.

While that’s a few years down the track, Kiarna is enjoying her current experience.

“I like how I can do something different every day,” she said.

“I’m always outside and I have a passion for working with animals.”

The DemoDAIRY Foundation scholarship has been a big help to Kiarna as she transitions from school to work and further study.

“Because I’m straight out of school, the scholarship has allowed me to afford the further study and helped with clothing and to buy a computer for my schooling,” she said.

“It’s helping me to reach my goals.”


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