Bub Taylor had an incredible upbringing on her parents small farm in Marlborough. She quickly learned that farming was what she loved. Her dad taught her many skills that have become extremely handy over the years. For example from age 10 her after school job was to kill 3 dog tuckers a day.
Bub secured many jobs throughout her high school years in the agriculture sector and had a good run of casual work. She took Agriculture as a subject by correspondence for 3 years on top of all her other subjects at school and it was soon clear that she wanted to finish up at the end of year 12 and go study Ag. She went to Telford Rural Polytech and made life long friends and got to learn how they farm at the other end of the country.
Heading back to Marlborough, Bub got a shepherding job which she loved before heading to Australia for a season of Harvest. Not long after this at the age of 20 she was diagnosed with a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. "Knowing I was going to be down and out for a good couple of years having treatment I decided to use my time and try study something new." Bub decided on Teaching and graduated with a degree at the end of 2013. In 2014 her then fiancée and her moved to Kaikoura where he began managing the family's 10,000 acre farm and she went teaching.
Running angus cattle, Romney and half bred ewes as well as a Romney stud which had been in the family for generations the farm was busy enough. Their first child entered the world 12 weeks early after the horrific 7.8 Earthquake which destroyed the farm, their homes and the town they loved.
"Re-building our lives was tough and adjusting to life with a prem baby has also been interesting but now, she's out on the farm with us most days. I cant imagine not being on the land. Its all I've ever done and although I love having teaching behind me as well, we enjoy the outdoors, the challenge and funnily enough working together. I do see myself one day going back teaching one day but not anytime soon. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and want to really put our stamp on the place."
Bub, you have been through so much and even more to watch your home and farm struggle through such a major natural disaster. You have clearly found what you love and your passion for leaving your stamp of the place is bound to be remembered for generations.