North Otago’s Kerry Watson grew up immersed in agriculture and her passion for the sector has seen her land her dream job.
The 28-year-old has been working on a dairy farm for the past four seasons but has recently taken up a role on a sheep and beef farm, in Tokarahi.
“My personality was not designed for an office job,” she laughs.
Her new job is on a 500ha family owned sheep and beef farm, with 1800 bulls and 300 sheep, as well as winter dairy grazing.
Kerry says she gets a real buzz from watching the stocks progress and seeing the growth.
“It’s a super rewarding job whether it be rearing calves through to milking heifers or watching beefies grow day by day.”
The avid traveller, is currently calf rearing near Ashburton and has trained as an AI technician, meaning she will be an apprentice this year.
“This year has been all about making dreams a reality,” she says.
Kerry grew up on a sheep and beef farm in Cumbria, in the northwest of England, until her family emigrated to New Zealand when she was 11.
Kerry says there is a great network of people in the primary sector and she has enjoyed being able to learn skills in a number of areas.
“There are so many people in the industry who are willing to give you a helping hand, and I think the network we have in New Zealand farming is very unique when it comes to other sectors.”
Kerry also has a passion for a four legged animal of a different type - horses. Kerry has grown up around horses and has competed in a number of events, including barrel racing.
Kerry’s can-do attitude has also seen her win the Aorangi Young Farmers regional stock judging competition, and she also competed at the Aorangi Regional Final.
Kerry is looking forward to see what the future holds.
“I have a very exciting 6 months ahead and I can’t wait to learn and grow in the industry.”