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.
Growing up on sheep property she admits helped her to learn some of the essential skills she uses everyday as a farm manager, especially when it comes to stock sense. For the last 3 seasons Jaime has managed Winton's ABLime 370ha dairy farm, milking 930 cows.
With an outgoing personality and the ability to foster relationships she successful leads 4 full time staff along with a relief milker and calf rearer as part of her role.
Jaime loves learning and has previously been a very successful student of PrimaryITO and has completed many courses with them including the Diploma in Agribusiness and was named the Otago trainee of the year for PrimaryITO in 2007.
She is always keen to upskill and loves the challenge to push herself and show results and that's exactly what she has been doing lately. Earlier this year Jaime was named the 2018 Southland Otago Dairy Manager of the year and will head to Invercargill later this month as she advances to the national competition.
As part of the awards she was also awarded merit awards for employee engagement, livestock management, dairy management and leadership.
For someone who attended Otago University back in 2007 and completed a Bachelor of Physical Education that is quite the achievement.
Prior to her current role Jaime worked as an AI (artificial insemination) technicians as well as a hoof trimmer for cows. She was responsible for travelling around Southland with The Cow Pedicure providing cows with pedicures. She also spent some time as the programme co-ordinator for the foundation of Youth Development in Invercargill.
Jaime has a real passion in helping the younger generations excel and has spent many years being part of the Family Works Buddy Programme. The programme provides support and new experience for children who require a positive influence in their lives. She describes herself as a big buddy for a little buddy. Her current buddy is 11 years old and spends a couple of hours a week just hanging out with her and participating in different experiences together.
Over the years Jaime has also been an active NZ young farmers member and spent many years as part of the Nightcaps club.
Prior to her managing position she also took the opportunity to head overseas nannying in America as well as volunteering at an African orphanage which she described as a very rewarding experience as well as a real eye opener.
Back in NZ when Jaime is not on farm you may find her out on a motorcross trail ride which is something she really enjoys and finds it a great stress relief tool as well as a way to see some great farmland at the sametime. She is also a keen netballer but these days is what she describes as more of a social player when time allows.
Jaime you are one Agwoman who continues to spread your contagious passion of the dairy industry and your hard work ethic and should be very proud of everything you have achieved to date. We wish you all the best for the National Dairy Awards and for the upcoming season. Keep being the positive and confident Agwoman you are!