Born and bred Southlander Amanda Brown was brought up on and sheep and beef farm in Otama, Gore, before moving to a lifestyle block at McNab.
Whilst in her last year at Gore High School in 2006 Amanda started relief milking at a farm in Benio.
She actually wanted to go sheep and beef farming when she left school but had no luck getting a job after applying for many. So not to be deterred completely she looked towards the dairy industry and was given the chance to take on a position with Phil and Chanelle Purser and she says she has never looked back.
So January 2017 officially started Amanda’s dairying career and since then she has completed many Primary Ito course to upskill herself and move herself forward in the sector.
Amanda currently works for an Ayrshire and Holstein farm in Kelso West Otago. Here she assists in milking 550 cows. The farm provides some unique management options for Amanda to experience with a 520 free stall barn which mean all cows are wintered inside. It also means they have the ability to calve in the autumn as well as the spring. Which means milking is an all year round activity twice a day. Amanda is currently the 2IC and this coming season will be stepping up to the farm managers position which is a great achievement and credit to her hard work on the property over the last four years.
For the last 10 years she has also been a valuable member of the West Otago Young Farmers club and was secretary for the club for 3 years.
A real passion Amanda holds is showing dairy cattle. Her mother’s family has an Ayrshire stud located in Seaward Downs in Southland which has been in the family for over 65years. She has been involved in showing as long as she can recall. She recently just sat her junior judging course and is nervously awaiting the results. This will mean she can judge Ayrshire Cattle at A&P Shows and is something she is really looking forward to.
And when she isn’t on the farm or attending shows she loves to get out in the bush and go hunting when time allows.
Amanda plans to complete a couple of years managing and then is aiming to go lower order sharemilking before working her way up the ladder from there. She says that’s the great thing about the dairy industry there are so many opportunities to further her career. For the past 3 years she has also reared ten Holstein and Ayrshire heifer calves annually. It has been a very rewarding process with her first heifers calving this last spring the next ten are all currently in calf. She says she will keep rearing calves to build her herd up and can't wait to milk them myself. Currently she is leasing them out.
Amanda is proud to be an Agwoman and its obvious that she has a huge passion for farming and says she wouldn't do anything else.
We wish you all the best Amanda and look forward to seeing you not only competing but also judging at future a&p shows.