Clinton, the home of the three/five horse town depending on who you ask, and also the home of farming super mum Emma Sutherland. Emma and her husband Michael along with their two sons farm alongside each other on a daily basis on Longridge Station, Michael's family’s sheep & beef property. The 2000ha, 15000su property is 50:50 paddock to hill country. Emma feels privileged to be an AgWoman as not only does she get to bring son’s Thomas & Henry up on the farm she still gets to be involved herself while continuing outside interests.
Even though Emma and her brother were born and raised down the road in Gore there were often sports to be played and they would spend the majority of their weekends and holidays helping their uncle’s out on their farms. When Emma was in her 6th form year the family made the move to just south of Balclutha. It was then that her parents brought a small farm of their own. Emma was needing a job for the Christmas holidays that year and ended up milking on the Telford dairy farm which she really enjoyed. Emma returned to her final year of school and thought she would then be off to university to do accounting at the end of the year. However, a few weeks into the first term she went on a field trip to the local accountant’s office and that’s when she realised that she couldn’t work in a office full time. So Emma secured a job the next holidays on another dairy farm and from there found it was hard work to stay focused for rest of the year. All she wanted to do was be was outside working.
Following the completion of high school Emma did few different jobs from working on dairy farms, sheep and beef properties and in the local wool store. It was from here that lead her to end up working for Peter and Helen at Landcorp's Waitipeka. Emma described this job as a true jack of all trades, master of none. She worked on both the properties runoff and sheep and beef finishing units as well as relief milking on the dairy unites as required. During her time at Waitipeka she completed her agriculture ITO Diploma in agri business management.
Since meeting husband Michael, Emma has been working with him on his family sheep and beef farm. When not on the farm or with her two boys you will find Emma helping out with local and regional young farmers event, where she is a valuable contributor. She is also a valuable member of the Southland TB free committee. And if you ever want to give Emma a running race she will up to the challenge. Running is something she thoroughly enjoys, whether it is a training run at home on the farm or racing on the track and she has been successful. Emma has twice been the Otago women’s 1500m champion and in the winter competes in some road races.
Keep up the great work Emma, your contribution to our industry is valuable and we wish you and your family all the best for the future.