Becky Hindmarsh works on an intensive Sheep and Beef farm in Pirinoa, South Wairarapa. As early as she can remember she had always been an outdoorsy kid who used to love hanging around with her dad on the farm. Always keen to jump on the bike and have a blast around the farm with dad rather than cleaning her room or doing the dishes. Becky has always known that farming was going to be part of her life long goal, however she thought that she needed to branch out and see what else was out there.
Becky decided to study Vet nursing at UCOL via distance learning from home. At the time of studying she was also working for a Romney stud, Gleneiti Romneys, allowing her to study and work at the same time. This was a perfect combination for Becky, her work supporting her to get her diploma, all while gaining some useful skills in regards to the good basis of sheep genetics. Super passionate about animal health and welfare, the two worked well together.
After graduating Becky worked at several different vet practices, both rural and urban, but found that she was always drawn back to the country life. After around three years of doing the city slicker business she decided it was time to pack up those bags and get a suntan all year round by moving back to the Wairarapa.
In her spare time Becky has a small side business called Lobytoe, making homemade soy candles. She supplies her wares to Palliser Ridge and Amberlee Beauty in Masterton, who have both helped her get off the ground and who back her 110%. "I am extremely lucky to have such good friends and support system around me."
At this point in her life, Becky is looking for the next big opportunity. While she would love to be able to go back to the family farm, she likes the idea of grabbing some lease land or an equity partnership with partner, Lucien Keightley, and make their own success first. Becky acknowledges that with farming you don’t always get a holiday every year, you don’t work 9 – 5 ever, but that’s exactly what she signed up for.
"I love being able to watch the progress of all your hard work at the end of the day. You make the difference and you see it in the stock due to your husbandry skills. Im a firm believer that you either ‘have it’ or you don’t, when it comes to stock sense and I have always enjoyed working with animals, probably a lot more than I do with people, if I'm honest. I mean don’t get me wrong sheep and cattle can be the most frustrating thing in the world at the best of times but at the end of the day if they eat the grass, put on weight, and make a good margin, they’re doing alright."
The country air often brings us home Becky! You sound like you have a great plan in place to get to where you want to go.All the best for all of your up coming adventures.