Nicki Tillett is a beef-cattle farmer who buys in weaners, usually steers, keeps them for a couple of years and then sends them off to the works. Nicki has got 210 acres of beautiful 'summer proof' land nestled under the Ruahine Ranges. She prefers to run a bit under-stocked rather than risk running out of grass so she normally has about 120 head on the place.
Originally from Bulgaria, Dr Elena Garnevska has found herself in New Zealand immersed in the academia world of agribusiness. The sector has provided opportunities that have taken her around the world researching and teaching in an area that she is passionate about. Elena provides an interesting insight into another direction in the agri space we believe needed to be shared.
Growing up on a 1200 acre mixed livestock and arable farm in Sussex, England, Lucy Carnaghan’s earliest memories of idyllic farm life shower her childhood. Leaving school having failed her AS Level exams disastrously, she decided to embark on a 2 year BTEC National Diploma in Countryside Management at Plumpton College Agriculture Department.
Leah was raised on her family dairy farm in Whenuakura, South Taranaki and studied Food Science specialising in Food Microbiology. She commenced work for Tegel Poultry as a lab technician in 1986 and after four years, was managing their New Plymouth micro and serological laboratory plus overseeing three other laboratories throughout NZ.
Leah studied whilst working, finishing her studies in 1992. During this time Leah married and her first son was
born. The family moved to Gisborne in 1991 and she worked for Asahi Prepared Foods as Laboratory
Manager. During that time she designed and oversaw the building of a new laboratory.
Lucy Coleman grew up on a sheep and beef farm outside of Dannevirke, New Zealand and is an Animal Scientist, PhD student at Massey University, Palmerston North.
“I wasn’t too interested in Agriculture as a career but helped on the farm during the school holidays.”
Lucy went to boarding school at Feilding High School, and then to Massey University to study a Bachelor of Science majoring in Chemistry. During her first year, she took a paper about animals, which prompted a change in major to Animal Science and Physiology. During two summer holidays, while studying, she worked at Massey University doing summer research scholarships. This is where she got the idea of doing research as a career.
I’m Rabobank New Zealand’s dairy analyst or dairy nerd as some would say. I’m responsible for understanding all things dairy in New Zealand. I’m part of a wider global dairy team within the Bank: there are 10 other analysts spread over six countries with whom I work closely with.
Together with friend Sandra Matthews, Marie co-founded Farming Women Tairawhiti (FWT), an organisation whose aim is to inspire and support rural women in the isolated Tairawhiti region of New Zealand. FWT began with 10 members, and four years later has over 600. With the help of a dedicated committee of wonderful women it continues to grow.