With a true passion for animals and the work ethic of many men, it’s not surprising that in 2017 young and inspiring Ann Linton was awarded the dairy manager of the year. The Scottish born lass has now made New Zealand home and together with fiancé Scott is setting up a future she dreamed about. Currently she is managing an 830 cow farm near Miltob where Scott is also employed as 2IC.
Growing up on her family’s sheep and beef farm in Biggar, South Lanarkshire in the United Kingdom, Ann left school at the age of 15 to help run the farm due to unforeseen circumstances in the family. It was during this time that she completed a diploma in animal care at Barong College. This was the turning point in her career when she discovered that she had a love for dairy farming.
Five years ago Ann booked a one-way ticket to NZ with no idea what was ahead of her, but says she has no regrets. Like most people who arrive in Invercargill for the first time, it was a dark and cold night and at the time at 21 years old, she wasn’t sure what she had got herself into. However, being the courageous person she is, she took the positives of a new place on and carried on her journey.
She was lucky enough to secure some awesome jobs on dairy farms around Southland and Otago and settled in well. “I just loved the kiwi way of dairy farming and living, I was hooked”.
In 2014 she meet her now fiancé, kiwi born Scott and they are to be married in 2019. Ann’s life is very much all dairy and she wouldn’t have it any other way. Her passion for her livestock is obvious and they always come first, something fiancé Scott accepts. In 2016 she first entered the dairy industry awards manager of the year competition to help benchmark herself against others and test her skills. That year she was runner-up for the award and also received the livestock management merit award, an award that meant a lot to Ann and one she was also awarded again in 2017 along with the overall manager of the year title and 2 other management merit awards. What an awesome achievement Ann and congratulations again, proves that with hard work and passion anything is achievable able, no matter your upbringing.
Ann has also been well involved with young farmers since coming to New Zealand and says it was a great way to help build a network of friends and likeminded networks. She spent two years as the Otago Southland executive secretary and where work hours allow is always keen to land a hand at events young farmers are involved with.
With a huge heart Ann wants to give back to the community.” We want to give others the opportunities that people have gave us”.
Ann believes she has got her feet well and truly grounded on NZ soils and now with permanent residency, a wedding to plan and a growing cow herd she says it’s all her dreams come true. Together with Scott she has a 5-year goal to be 50/50 sharemilking and 15years to own their own farm.
You are definitely a positive agwoman Ann, we believe you will continue to achieve great feats as you continue on your dairy pathway and we wish you all the best.