Seven years ago together with her husband Agwoman Jessica Goodwright made the move from Waiuku to Southland as passionate contract milkers. They now have and three children Lilly, Olivia and Austin.

Always one for looking ahead they have also bought a herd to go share milking next season and have shares in two other dairy farms in Southland.

Growing up on a drystock block Jess loved going to the neighbors dairy farm and being able to select a calf for calf club each year. She said she just loved the atmosphere of the calf sheds and it being a family operation. She left school with a accountantacy apprenticeship but after a year she knew being in a office wasn’t where she wanted to be raising a family and realised that being on farm was her true dream.

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Jess is currently the Dairy Womans Network Central Southland regional leader as well as being a data collector for the DairyNZ Dairy Base. And if being hands on, on the farm and raising 3 beautiful children wasn’t a enough she is also studying through PrimaryITO for a diploma in agribusiness management.

All three of their children are involved in the farm and one of Jess’s true passions is teaching her children about the dairy industry and being involved in everything they do on a daily basis.
Jess says “my true passion is the dairy industry and learning everything it has to offer and through my roles with DWN and Dairybase” Jess says she has meet some truly inspirational people whom continue to drive her to want to achieve more for herself and the dairy industry.

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Like all talented Agwoman Jess also has certificate in photography and enjoys making crochet beanies blankets and scarfs for friends and family. Jess is also the secretary for the school PTA and in the past few years she has run calving events through the Dairy Woman’s Network in Southland with great turn outs. Her events have had over 50 people attend at times and have included a calf shed tour and a bobby calf information day.

Jess is always challenging herself and this year has made many goals including wanting to learn to make cheese using their own cows milk. She has already made a start and has been making butter and says the family loves it. She would also like to do more good such a donating blood and volunteer work.

We believe you are already doing a lot of good Jess but we are sure you will continue to challenge yourself and share your passions with those around you and wish you all the best.