For AgWoman Ash-Leigh Campbell Canterbury has always been the place she has called home. Ash-Leigh was raised on a Canterbury lifestyle block, and fell in love with farming as a high school student, working as a relief milker for a local farmer who had a 200 cow herd of pedigree Holstein Friesian farm. Since then she has worked in various roles in the dairy industry around Canterbury. Her experience has been built on small and large scale properties interspersed with some overseas travel and university study.
While she grew up on a dairy farm east of Masterton in the Wairarapa, working in the agri-sector wasn’t top of mind as a career path for Naomi Aporo when she left school. Now working for Māori-family owned Wakatū Incorporation, Naomi relishes the challenge of working for an organisation which is focused on both people and the land.
Having grown up on Omarama Station in the MacKenzie Basin, Annabelle Subtil considers herself extremely fortunate to have her own family growing up on the same land. She has been back home with husband and two children, running the 12,000 ha sheep & beef property for the last twenty years.
Dr Danila Marini (27) believes sheep are smart and she’s determined to prove it - and she’s
not even a Kiwi! Danila works as a research scientist with the University of New England in
Armidale in northern New South Wales, and through multiple degrees and research projects
has always had the welfare of sheep in the front of her mind.
Raewyn Hills has always been surrounded by farm animals. After going along to a relations dairy farm at at age 8 and working with calves for Lamb & Calf day throughout her primary school years, a passion for dairy farming was discovered at a young age. She went on to spend her secondary school years relief milking at weekends before heading to Taratahi Agricultural Training Centre to complete Level 4 Dairy in 2004.
For Kate Scott, describing what she does is like describing world politics, it is unclear, messy and tinted with many shades of grey! Whilst her official title is Executive Director, of Landpro Limited, a planning and surveying consultancy company which she jointly founded in 2007. Kate holds many roles including, business owner, mum, part time squash player, ex-farmer, 2018 Nuffield Scholar, and all-round generalist.
Born and bred Southlander Jaime McCrostie grew up in the small rural community of Otahuti on a sheep farm. Together with her brother she grew up having a love for animals and the outdoors.
After being introduced to dairy cows through a neighbouring farm and learning to milk the herd Jaime has carved a career in the dairy industry which has proven to be her true calling and passion.