Jess Davies grew up on a 240ha sheep and beef breeding & finishing farm in Western Lake, South Wairarapa. Her mother’s family has been farming the same land for 6 generations and her father’s farming parents arrived from Wales in the 1950’s to seek new agricultural opportunities. In Jess's early teens her parents converted the farm to dairy and she was pretty upset at the time.
Jess had no real interest in agriculture as a career until her early 20’s. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science and started working as an Agri Banker in Northland, Taranaki, and now Wairarapa & Tararua. The experiences that Jess gets from working in the rural banking industry allow her to appreciate the reasons behind her parent’s courageous decision to go against the family sheep and beef heritage and move toward dairy. Dairy farming simply offered more opportunities for her family on the property they were passionate about retaining.
Jess works full-time for ANZ Agri, has shares in and is in charge of budgeting and managing finances for a 400 cow dairy farm owned in an equity partnership with her sisters and parents. Jess currently lives on a 34ha finishing block with her fiancé, where they are establishing their own business dairy grazing and beef finishing. She is always looking for ways to make the most of their small piece of the world. Jess has aspirations to help grow both businesses.
"I have agriculture in my blood, I am working towards being a full time farmer and hope to raise a family in a farming environment."
Jess believes we are incredibly fortunate in New Zealand to have such an abundance of productive farmland and that it is something we need to cherish and protect. "I am very proud of my Welsh and New Zealand farming heritage and hope to instil the same sense of belonging and pride in my future children."
No surprises why you have such a love for agriculture- 6 generations is such a dedication to life on the land. The knowledge and passion you have gained from your family sounds invaluable. Good luck with your upcoming business goals!