Cody Korpershoek was a builder, who did a cash job for his cousin that changed his life's path, steering him back into dairy after years away from the family farm.
Mr Korpershoek grew up on a farm in the Circular Head district of north-west Tasmania, where he became well aware of the commitment that farming takes.
"Dad was a dairy farmer as part of a family farm that had cropping and beef as well," he said. "All labour was family and they never hired anyone from outside. This meant they never stopped.
"For 30 years Dad never had Christmas off, milking every morning and night, that's just what you do."
After watching his father wear himself out, Mr Korpershoek pursued a building trade, but after spending some time helping his cousin on the family farm Mr Korpershoek, with his wife Denieka, decided to change careers and give dairy farming a go. Six years ago, the Korpershoeks started their dairying careers when they were hired on a cents per kilogram of milk solids management position for the Unit Trust, Circular Head Farms, on a property at Edith Creek. The newly established company, Circular Head Farms, provided the Korpershoeks with a pathway to eventually purchase their first farm.
Mr Korpershoek was launched headfirst into farming. "You could say I didn't muck around with getting into the industry," he said. "We started straight into management on a 500-cow farm with very little idea of exactly what we were doing.
"On the first day I rocked up here and I didn't even know where the cows were.
"It was bucketing down with rain and the bloke who had departed the day before left the cows right over the back of the farm with no instructions on where they were.
"It's 5 o'clock in the morning cold, wet and dark and 40 minutes later, I finally found the cows to take them to the shed. I didn't even know how to start the dairy."
After the first year, Mr Korpershoek became impatient and wanted to progress quickly to 50:50 share farming. Six years since that first day, the Korpershoeks now own 1600 cows, milked across two properties, and a run-off block and are 20 per cent owners in one of the Circular Head Farms properties.
Circular Head Farms is a unit trust organisation that allows smaller investors the opportunity to invest in dairy farming, supporting farmers like the Korpershoeks to progress to farm ownership.
As for many 50:50 share farmers, cattle have been key to the couple's success.
The next focus for the Korpershoeks is to look at minimising the risk of non-replacement calves within their business.