Jodi Peake considers herself to be very lucky to have been involved in agriculture all of her life, growing up with her two sisters on a Stud Beef Poll Hereford property in Northern New South Wales, Australia. From a very young age Jodi was always out the door following her Dad, Ken, fencing & doing cattle work.
From a young age Jodi showed cattle, going to many regional & royal shows. She has judged cattle at various shows throughout the years and participated in some of the first Junior heifer shows and later helped organise them. "It is great to see so many young people learn about the cattle industry and handling of cattle."
Jodi met her husband Stephen at a cattle show and they married in 1990. Together they run Bowen Poll Herefords & Peakes Angus Stud on their properties at Barraba & Emerald Hill along with their two sons Nick & Josh. The run about 600 stud cows, conduct an on property bull sale selling about 130 bulls every July.
Jodi has travelled to Canada & New Zealand meeting many cattle breeders along the way and always finds it great to hear how the cattle industry is doing in other countries. The people in agriculture Jodi has meet throughout the years have become her life long friends.
Jodi's roll in agriculture has been many and varied, from stud groom, jillaroo, AI tech, financial & books administrator, photographer, promotions and tractor driver. "I think that would be the same for most women involved in agriculture you adapt and do what is needed at the time to make the operation work."
Although at times life on the land can be hard with the constant watching of the weather and various problems that are thrown at you. Jodi thinks it has been a terrific journey and a great place to bring up children. Giving them life values of caring for the land, livestock and the people around you. "Eventually the hard work will pay off if you love what you are doing and striving to achieve. My goals for the future are to continue with breeding cattle, and maybe travel some more."
We agree with you Jodi, women are often having to adapt to what is needed and we think that is why AgWomen do so well. Thanks for sharing your story!