Kiri's love for the outdoors was bred into from a young age. She considers herself very lucky to have had a great childhood growing up in Akatarawa Valley, Upper Hutt, riding horses, swimming in the river and generally being outside.
Kiri had two wonderful boys, and when her youngest started school, she began work in a local shearing gang as a rousie in Wainuioru, Wairarapa. The gang were very family friendly, she loved the hard fast work and working in a team. She soon found herself working for a bigger gang in Masterton and throughly enjoyed her seasons spent there. Kiri had a go at driving a fertiliser truck for ten weeks, whilst the driver was on leave, which she found to be great fun.
After a dare from her big sister, Kiri found herself at the Hamilton field days, signing up to train as an artificial breeding technician in dairy cows. She also became a herd tester in the off seasons, so her life was very busy but she loved it. Bearing in mind she had never set foot on a dairy farm, Kiri had many embarrassing and hilarious moments. She spent 16 seasons artificial breeding dairy cows. "I have seen many changes in the dairy industry, most good, some not so good. I have enjoyed seeing more women in the industry, I did get comments that you don't see many lady A.I technician's, now I think we are over half."
In 2009, Kiri applied for a casual farm job in Perth in a little out back town named Wongan Hills and to her surprise she got it. She spent 3 great seasons cooking for the seeding tractor drivers.
Whilst Kiri was on her AB run in Pirinoa she met the man of her dreams, 'one of her farmers' and now she is dairy farming 200 cows with him, and they have seen the farm excel in many ways.
Kiri absolutely loves the lifestyle, the hard honest work and the livestock. "The animals are the priority and even though they can't talk we learn so much from them."
"So far, I have been very lucky and had a lot of fun on my journey in agriculture. My future dream is to live a long and happy life watching my family grow."
What a great story Kiri, you seem like you are right where you are meant to be and we totally understand why you consider yourself to be so lucky.