First and foremost Louise Giltrap describes herself as a farmers wife. Her husband Geoff, is her hero, both on and off the farm. Together they have 6 + 1 children, 8 grandchildren, and counting! The pair milk 220 cows on their Northland property, which they almost have back up and running as a low input all grass system, aiming to get back to the farming roots of generations gone. Louise has found herself taking on a greater role on the farm and involved in more of the day to day decisions.

“If I can help another women within the industry to feel like she is not alone then that is my aim”

“If I can help another women within the industry to feel like she is not alone then that is my aim”

Louise is a huge advocate for the dairy industry and feels very privileged to write a fortnightly column in the NZ Farmer Newspaper and on Stuff.co.nz. She writes an honest account of real life experiences, and takes inspiration from her own life, the farm, family and wider agricultural goings on. Her writing has developed a genuine ability to be relatable particularly to women in agriculture, “If I can help another women within the industry to feel like she is not alone then that is my aim”.

Another happy place for Louise is in her kitchen baking. She set up and runs a Facebook page called ‘Udderly easy cooking’ which she set up with the intention of helping young male dairy farmers with ideas for simple basic meals on a shoestring budget. She is passionate about teaching the basics of cooking from the cupboard and has found the need is not only necessary within this demographic. Watch this space, one day Louise would love to write a ‘Manual for Life’ to share her pearls of wisdom.

Louise is a loyal and passionate member of her family, her community and the primary industries. She loves farming and what she is able to do through her writing. “I get to be who I am, what you see is what you get. I am real, honest and give a whole hearted account with the aim of helping one person at a time”.

Louise, you have an enthusiasm that is infectious. We applaud your passion and honesty, which I am sure many AgWomen around New Zealand can relate to.