Sally Taylor or Sal as she is more commonly known as recently took up the great opportunity to become a real estate agent. She started studying for her licence back in March and has been a qualified real estate agent for the last month. Her office is the picturesque Central Otago where she specialises as a residential and lifestyle consultant.
Sal grew up on sheep and beef farm on Exmoor in the UK, where she also helped run a hunter livery yard. This worked in well with helping on the farm and competing and hunting horses. After leaving school at 16, Sal studied Equine Management at Lackham College for 3 years with a gap year being taken up by working for the Devon and Somerset Staghounds and Shearwell Data Animal Identification.
It was back in 2010 when she first travelled to New Zealand for 6 months. Working on a variety of farms, orchards and with horses across the country. She was reluctant to leave but lambing waits for no-one and she returned to England to lend a hand. Plans to return to New Zealand were put on hold when she landed a new challenge of selling biomass boilers mainly to farms to heat the farm houses for 3 years.
Sal is one talented woman, in 2013 she started up a country clothing business with a friend where they designed garments before having them made in Portugal. The first year took off and Sal returned to New Zealand in 2014 for a visit all while hoping to be able to continue the business abroad and give it another branch. 5 months later the return ticket home still hadn’t been used until lambing time rolled around again, it must have been one great visit. It wasn’t long until she was on a return flight in time for the end of the winter of moving break fences getting a real taste for South Island farming. But it had her hooked and she hasn’t left since.
The clothing business continued in England until last year when her business partner & herself decided to split the partnership and is currently in the start-up stages of becoming part of her New Zealand life. Watch this space. Sal has fitted in well to the Central Otago area having worked on farms and orchards across the region before working at PGG Wrightson Rural Supplies in Roxburgh and Ballance Agri-Nutrients as a soil tester.
Sal was a member of Cutcombe Young Farmers in Somerset County back in England. She was a member from age 10 until she aged out at 26 holding various positions throughout the years. Still being young enough to be a valued member of the local Teviot Valley young farmers club She joined in 2015 and is the current Otago Southland young farmers region secretary. She says it’s been a great way to meet so many great people throughout the whole of New Zealand and has provided great opportunities. Sal says she hopes to become a rural sales consultant one day but for now she is really enjoying selling residential and lifestyle and getting out on farm as much as she can. "Being an AgWomen is awesome”
Sal, we think you are pretty awesome and are glad you have chosen New Zealand as the place to call home. We look forward to your clothing line in Aotearoa. Keep up the great work!