Kylie Brewer grew up in Auckland and has many fond memories of weekends and holidays spent on her Grandparents dairy (later beef finishing) farm in the Waikato. Developing a passion for all things rural from a young age.
Initially studying a Bachelor of Planning and a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management at the University of Auckland, her early career years were very urban focused. It wasn’t until a friend persuaded her to join the newly formed Auckland Young Farmers Club that she began to consider a return to her agricultural roots.
After a few years studying and working in Auckland in 2011 it was time to pursue a new direction in an ag related role and Kylie relocated to the Waikato and has never looked back since. Wanting to pursue a career in in agriculture, with an environmental focus she moved to Christchurch in 2014 to undertake a year of agricultural study at Lincoln University, with the aim of working with farmers in the agri-environmental field after graduating. Hard work paid off as a year after finishing at Lincoln she was offered a role at Beef + Lamb as the Environment Extension Manager for the North Island.
This role involved working with farmers across the North Island to help them improve environmental best practices on their farms, whilst informing them about new Regional Council rules being introduced and how these could impact on their farming businesses. Part of the role involved helping farmers to develop their own Farm Environmental Plan to help them meet new regional requirements. Kylie has also been involved in the Ballance Farm Awards (BFEA) for the past two years in the Waikato as a sheep and beef judge, as well as on the Waikato BFEA committee. "I am passionate about ag and the environment and this has given me a chance to see how top performing farmers acknowledge that the environment is a core part of their business, not something that is out to the side."
An active member of Young Farmers, she has held roles at club and regional level and has been actively involved in the organisation of the Young Farmer Contest. “Young Farmers has helped me to gain new skills and meet some incredible people who are passionate about what they do”.
A keen horse rider and tramper she was introduced to cattle showing and stock judging three years ago whilst living in Christchurch. This sparked a new passion, so much so that when returning to the North Island for a new job she created a new youth calf, steer and heifer competition to be run across four Waikato A and P shows. “The competition aim was to involve more youth in the beef industry by showing it’s a viable and progressive industry, whilst also helping to ensure the future of A and P shows”.
With future goals of farm ownership and developing my own beef stud I am keen to learn about all things beef and understanding what the market wants.
“Ag is my passion and I wouldn’t change it for anything”