Ashley Trobridge is North Island Area Manager in the Genetics team for Zoetis. She helps sheep and beef breeders integrate DNA technology into their breeding programs. Working all over the North Island Ashley gets to meet with a diverse range of great progressive breeders and she gets to see a lot of our beautiful countryside.
Ashley grew up on a tobacco and coffee farm in a small rural area in Zimbabwe called Chipinge, this is where her passion for farming and rural communities stems from. Due to political unrest Ashley's family and her left their farm and moved to Auckland in 2001. "Going to highschool in Auckland was great but I don’t think the career opportunities in Agriculture were emphasised at all which I think is a bit of a shame." Ashley believes that even if you have grown up in the city, there are great career opportunities in the Agricultural Industry for both men and women, they just need to be promoted a bit more!
Ashley then went on to study a Bachelor of Agricultural Science at Massey University in Palmerston North, which she found fantastic. "The course, the social life and the many long term friends and connections I made, all made for a great experience."
After graduating Ashley spent a character building mustering season as a ‘jillaroo’ in the Northern Territory of Australia. Long days mustering, in the yards, fencing, doing bore runs. Ashley then spent 3 years working for Ballance Agri-Nutrients as a Field consultant in the lower Rangitikei. "I absolutely loved the people in this area as well as being involved in farmers sustainable nutrient management programs."
Ashley then went travelling for a year and a half, around Europe and South East Asia and came back to a dream job working in the exciting space of animal genetics. "I can’t complain at all with the opportunities that have been presented to me by being involved in New Zealand Agriculture Industry." What an exciting part of agriculture to be in Ashley. We are glad to have you as part of our AgWomen community.