Del Bruce is a passionate and active young member of the New Zealand Dairy Industry. She is currently second in charge on a 400 cow dairy farm in the Teapot Valley, Nelson, New Zealand. She is also super busy having taken on the role of Dairy Trainee Team Leader for West Coast/Top of the South for the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards. As well as fulfilling her passion for encouraging and inspiring new people into the industry, working with PrimaryITO attending career expos to showcase careers in farming. New things have cropped up from this.…watch this space!
Dairy Farming is in Del's blood, a 4th generation dairy farmer, she has always wanted to farm. "I love it, and I'm very passionate about it. I love pushing myself, enjoy a challenge and learning new things, as anyone in farming knows, there is always something to learn."
Del was always a pretty shy person, with little confidence and continuously talked herself down, until last year when she won Dairy Trainee of the Year for West Coast/Top of the South. Winning showed Del that she can achieve anything she sets her mind to. "Definitely my proudest achievement in my career." From there, Del took on the role as Dairy Trainee Team Leader, an epic experience for her so far. She gets such a buzz from passing on her knowledge and inspiring people.
Del has two major passions in her life – dairy farming and racing dirt bikes. However in October last year, Del crashed while racing and sustained a minor head injury, forcing her to spend two and a half months off work. "I started back on a new farm in January this year with amazing employees who let me ease back into it. A seriously hard time, I literally had to reteach myself how to farm. Some days went well, others didn't - one day I sat there for a long time trying to unlock the part of my brain that knew how to strain a fence together! Almost 6 months on my progress is pretty good!"
Del's goal is to complete further study, and move up the ladder to managing a farm. Completing the Kellogg Rural Leadership Programme is also on her to do list. "I intend to keep inspiring new people into our industry. Oh, and also getting back on the dirt bike in the next couple of months."
Wow what a journey you have been on Del. Your dedication to farming is inspiring especially after what you have been through. We love your enthusiasm and motivation to inspire others! Keep up the fantastic work.