My name is Jake Frecklington and I grew up on a dairy farm in Shepparton.
In 2005, after leaving school, I packed cherries at a local fruit packing operation and during this time I enrolled in a Certificate II in Agriculture.
By 2010 I had graduated from the National Centre for Dairy Education Australia (NCDEA) with an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and Diploma of Agriculture—Dairy.
In 2010 I worked for a small stockfeed company and worked my way up to become a territory manager. I secured a position with Rural Skills Australia as an apprenticeship adviser covering eastern Victoria and Tasmania and to further my studies I enrolled into the Bachelor of Agriculture Business using the newly formed articulated pathway between NCDEA and Charles Sturt University.
I started relief milking as a way to earn a bit more money and as a result of that I accepted a position as a senior farmhand on a dairy farm in Gippsland.