Louise Wallace and her sisters were brought up on a Waikato dairy farm, her parents share-milked until she was 13. Having had enough of Dairy Farming her parents decided to sell up and they purchased the neighbouring dry stock farm. Although in Louise's younger years she wasn't particularly interested in farming, it was once she went away to boarding school and only came home for the weekends, that she started to appreciate being on farm and driving the machinery.
By the time Louise finished school she knew she wanted to be part of the Ag Industry just unsure of which field. She blundered her way through university finishing up with an AgCommerce Degree Majoring in Farm Management and Rural Valuation from Massey University in Palmerston North.
Louise was convinced that by the end of her time at Massey she would be destined to be a bank manager in Canterbury. As fate would have it that never happened, but she managed to land a great job at FarmRight in Otorohanga. This worked out perfectly as her boyfriend, now husband, Thomas, who she meet at uni, was farming in Te Awamutu.
Louise has now been at FarmRight for six years, where she is a Farm Investment Manager (FIM) Support. This is a very broad role and covers a lot of areas. Louise has the ability to make the role what she wants and to fit in with her interests, out of the office she is part of a team who are currently overseeing 13 Dairy Farms (57 nation wide). Her main responsibilities include reporting to shareholders on business performance and annual budgets she puts together, coordinating training and social events for the farm staff, and she has a large focus on health and safety and environmental compliance . As well she is part of the FarmRight Conference Committee organising the annual conference which approximately 200 delegates attend.
"One of the best parts of my job is the skills and knowledge I have learnt at work have been translated on to our home farm."
Louise and Thomas have spent the previous four years equity sharemilking 250 cows out of Te Awamutu. This season her parents had the opportunity to buy the farm they originally share milked on, and the couple were offered the opportunity to go equity contract milking.
"This has been a steep learning curve for everyone with part of the farm being partially converted back into dairy, which had been dairy grazing country, we had to apply for resource consent under Plan Change 1, and it was the first application made to the council. There has also been a lot of learning on how to work with and live right next door to your parents!"
Although Louise is still not convinced that full time farming is for her, she enjoys sunny days out helping out on farm.She finds that being in the industry and through her job she meets a lot of people. She loves sharing her own, and hearing others, ideas and stories and applying them to business whether it is in the office at FarmRight or on her home farm.