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.
When Anieka arrived from Holland her parents went 50/50 sharemilkers around Southland and Otago. They then settled in Tuatapere. For Anieka dairying has always been part of her life, while at school she regularly relief milked on the neighbours property. In 2004 when she finished school they then offered her a full-time position which started her successful career.
She continued to work on the same property for 2.5 years as a farm assistant before advancing to a 2IC (2nd in charge). From here in 2007 Anieka moved to the family farm to take over the management of the property.
Fast forward to 2011 and Anieka had partner Nick had been together for 2 years and her family property was sold, so they took on a joint 2IC position in waianiwa. They then challenged themselves and took on their first
contract milking position in 2012 and still remain on the same property today.
The next few years were very full on but rewarding with the arrival of their daughter Maycie in 2014 followed by a very rewarding win in the 2015 Otago Southland dairy industry awards, where they took out the managers of the year.
They are both still involved with the dairy industry awards but now from an organisational angle. Anieka has a huge passion for all their cows especially when it comes to the breeding program. They farm many pedigree Ayrshires which she gets a great sense of accomplishment seeing them grow and perform each year.
Anieka is also a very talented photographer and takes many great shots while out on the farm and while spending time with family and friends whether it’s out boating or hunting. The Southland weather may be challenging at times but it sure does set up some amazing shots.
Some big goals have been set come 2020 where they plan to go 50/50 sharemilking on the current farm. They are well on their way by owning 170 of the current milking herd.
Anieka jokes next year they are finally getting married after being engaged 8 years. This June they are going back to Holland so both Nick and Maycie can experience Anieka’s culture. Something they are all looking forward too.
It sounds like the next few years are going to be just as busy as the last few with some exciting times and challenges along the way. We are sure Anieka that you will be one agwoman who will take the challenge head on and wish you all the best for your wedding day and goals you have set.