Emily is from a tiny place in the north Waikato called Waikaretu. Her, her husband and their 4 children live on a small block of 8 ha. They run a shearing contracting business in partnership with Tony Clayton-Greene. In their busy season they employ 40 people and shear 320,000 sheep a year.
Emily has always had a passion for farming and rural lifestyle. She studied a Bachelor of Applied Science with a major in Agriculture at Massey University, graduating in 2001. Emily learnt to shear while she was at University as she thought it would be a handy skill to know. On leaving Uni, Emily decided to give full time shearing a crack. She found that the more she did, the more she loved it. This was the catalyst for her to have a go at competition shearing. "I managed to have some success in competition shearing. The highlight of my career was coming 2nd in the Senior final at the Golden Shears in 2007, which was the highest a women had every achieved at the Golden Shears."
This then lead on to Emily having a go at the women’s 9 hour lamb shearing record in November of 2007. She set a new record of 648 breaking the old record by 107 sheep. This record still stands.
While her time on the handpiece is less these days, Emily still enjoys doing the odd day and shearing their own sheep. Her role now is more in managing their business. Which involves all the bookings with farmers, sorting out where staff are working, payroll and accounts. Emily and her husband have a passion for encouraging young people in the shearing industry, training them and helping them to make goals and reach them. "I love raising my children in the country, I love the space and the freedom to explore. It is really special seeing my children thrive at the school that both my father and I went to."
Wow Emily, you have achieved so much in the shearing industry and are paving the way for all female shears. We cant wait to see you in the upcoming documentary 'No.1 stand'!