Hannah Slater was destined to be a farmer from day dot, even if she hadn’t realised it.
Hannah spent her early years on a dairy farm, just north of New Plymouth, where she got an insight into the day to day tasks of a dairy farmer. However, when the family purchased a sheep and beef block in Eastern Taranaki, her eyes were opened to even more opportunities.
“I have always been interested in farming but it was being able to really get involved in the different tasks alongside my parents and three younger siblings that really made me realise that sheep and beef farming was the career path I wanted to follow.”
From there, her passion grew.
Hannah went on to study a Diploma in Agriculture and a Diploma in Farm Management at Lincoln University in Christchurch.
Upon returning to Taranaki, the 22-year-old, was soon snatched up.
“I was lucky enough to land a job as a Shepherd General back in Taranaki, which I have been at for the last 3 years.”
The farm is a 790ha property and runs 3500 breeding ewes and 150 breeding cows, which keeps her out of trouble, she laughs.
“I’m very lucky to have had bosses who’ve encouraged me to develop new skills and my knowledge and take on more responsibilities over time on the farm, which has allowed me to grow and learn.
“I love the fact that no day is the same, whether it be working stock or doing maintenance.”
And what does it mean to Hannah to be a part of the industry?
“I’m grateful and proud to be apart of the New Zealand Ag industry and to be a part of supplying quality product that are enjoyed around the world. It’s a really exciting industry to be apart of. There are so many opportunities for young people to get involved and create a successful and rewarding career.”
Hannah enjoys being able to work in the outdoors and with animals each day.
“Particularly my team of dogs who I couldn’t do my job without, and they do pretty well to put up with me every day too.”