Keri Moore has now been Dairy Farming for 13 years. Starting out as a farm assistant and working through to being a farm manager, Keri is now working alongside husband, Hamish, and his parents, Ian and Glenda Moore near Waimate in the South Island of New Zealand. Keri went farming after completing a six month Certificate in Agriculture at the National Trade Academy in Christchurch. She went straight into a job as a junior milker in Dunsandel. Only planning on going farming for a few years to get some life experience before joining the police force, Keri has never looked back.
Keri met Hamish while working near Dunsandel and attending Agriculture ITO classes. They started dating when Keri was working on a large Dairy farm in Gore, a couple of years later she made the move to South Canterbury to start a managing position, and to be closer to Hamish. Married 8 years next March, the couple have packed a lot in and both attest that it has gone quickly.
Keri managed the 420 cow farm for three seasons before having their first child, Fletch. Then the couple took on a Contract Milking role over the two family farms milking 1200 cows. They now run two 750 cow Dairy farms, Linnfield and Centrewood as lower order sharemilkers. They have nine staff plus themselves, and Glenda still helps Keri every year with the calves during spring.
"Its great being able to work as a family, and with our two children Fletcher, 4, and Alexandra, 2. We are the third generation on farm now and hope someday our children will carry on the business with us too."
Keri's job is more office based now, completing the paperwork that goes with farming, as well as being a Mum. As the children grow up she hopes to be able to get out more and more. The farm completes all of its own Artificial Insemination. Having recently completed an AI course Keri plans on getting in a bit more practice this year alongside one of their well experienced staff members, building up her capacity as time allows.
Keri has spent many years involved with Young Farmers in the Aorangi region, being Regional Chair for two years before having children. In 2008 Keri started up the Glenavy/Waimate club, as there wasn't a club close to where they lived. The club is still running and is a very big part of the local community. She has always enjoyed being involved and they have made some life long friends through Young Farmers.
"I got to travel around NZ and meet some awesome people and learn some great leadership skills. I am also working with a friend to be more involved in Dairy Women NZ and hopefully I will do some more leadership roles again after the fuzz of having a young family passes. I love meeting like minded women and making connections and friendships and learning everyone's stories of how they came to be where they are today. I wouldn't do anything else, and hope we can carry on farming in our family business for many more years to come."
Keri also has a wee part time craft business called 'A Little Moore' where she sews and creates home wares to sell at fetes and shows. She loves getting out and meeting people, and having something that is her own which also doubles as some time out from the family. Spring is always a busy time of year in the Moore house but Keri say's that they make time for the things they love.
Keri, you clearly love what you do and your positive attitude towards to life on the farm with your wee family is infectious. We love to see you so involved in the community and supporting those around you. Also, very cool to see you have a side hustle, A Little Moore. Good luck and Happy New Year Keri!