Every farmer appreciates advice from a trust worthy fertiliser consultant when it comes to growing their farms performance and for Central Southland farmers that’s exactly what they get from Ballance Agri-Nutrients Selina Copland. Originally from a mixed sheep, beef, pig and arable farming operation in Mid Canterbury brings a variety of skills to her position which she has held for the last three and half years.
To be an AgWoman you don’t have to be hands on farming day in day out. However, we know many farmers enjoy visiting Kelly Burnett who since graduating as an Osteopath has been lucky enough to be offered the opportunity to work alongside the inspiring Osteopath Dr. Neil Patel. He planted this seed in Kelly’s head for her now growing client base where she has begun to help farmers in practice with pain, movement and maximising their performance from their bodies.
Taihape born and bred, quintessential AgWomen Kristin Churchward is just as much at home on the farm, as she is flinging a pair of gumboots. The mother of three young girls, splits her time between managing home life, running their lease block alongside her husband Matt, as well as tossing the odd gumboot or two.
Dairy support block manager Heather Clucas currently manages a 130ha support block near Hinds, in Mid Canterbury. A position she enjoys because of the variety of work the block brings. Heather says some days it's full on with moving irrigators (3 soft hose traveling guns and a few sprinklers and K-lines plus a pivot) and other days it’s being a tractor jockey and working the paddock ready for next rotation. However, stock work is always the highlight of her day. The property currently runs a mix of 220 rising one and two-year-old cattle that she says keeps her out of trouble with always something to do.
Bridget Zoe Pringle currently finds herself with three jobs that ‘fit the box’ of contributing to the Ag Woman ethos! She is a mum of two on a farm, an Environmental Consultant for Irricon Resource Solutions and she is a Director and Project Manager of Vector Charlie Charlie, a UAV (drone) company with specialist skills in geotechnical engineering, resource management and precision agriculture fields.
Holland born Anieka Venekemp moved over to New Zealand when she was just 5 years old but it still holds a special place in her heart. Together with her fiancé Nick Templer and their 4 year old daughter Maycie they contract milk 650 cows of which they own 170 at St Patrick’s in Balfour.
For Auckland girl Katie Collins research informing work in the primary industry is really important. We agree that there are many types of AgWoman and Katie is defiantly another great example of someone doing great things for the industry from a different perspective.