Lucy Burrows is a bright young woman with a pocket full of honours and plenty of experience on farm, in the lab, in the classroom and in the industry.
Lucy started out on a stud sheep farm where she was lucky enough to grow up around a range of animals inspiring current interests and studies. She and her father have a Shropshire sheep stud, and she and her mother have a Shetland pony stud. Along with her interest in sheep and ponies, Lucy has an interest in genetics and consequently studied a Bachelor of Science with Honours at Lincoln University.
Currently a PhD student and part-time laboratory technician at Lincoln University Gene-Marker Laboratory, Lucy keeps herself busy in the lab and actively taking part in research. Her thesis examines potential candidate genes in sheep that affect flystrike resistance. Lucy worked part-time for the Lincoln University Gene-Marker Laboratory, a commercial laboratory that provides genetic testing for the sheep industry. Here she has assisted with other trials, collecting jugular blood samples, urine, faecal and rumen samples from sheep. She also took carcass measurements at the Timaru meat works for the New Zealand Romney trial.
Like her varied interest in animals, her work isn't limited to the lab. Lucy also has had the opportunity to help out with various other projects, including working three lambing seasons at the Doone, Inland Road Kaikoura. During these seasons she tagged and recorded birth weights of stud lambs for both the New Zealand Romney trial and various research projects. She also helped at tailing time for these trial sheep.
Lucy is also a leader in the classroom, assisting various classes at Lincoln University, including first-year animal science (ANSC 105) lab demonstrating, a second year genetics class (Gene 201) and the second year biometrics class (QMET 201).
Lucy is involved in the New Zealand Young farmer’s organisation where she is currently Regional Competition Manager and Health and Safety Officer. Her experience gives her an edge as she competes at numerous Young Farmers stock Judging competition. Proof? She has won the Regional Young Farmers Stock Judging competition twice, 2012 and 2014 along with the Grand Final National Stock Judging competition in 2014.
Lucy was awarded the Corriedale Young Ambassador exchange in 2016, giving her the opportunity to attend Bingo Sheep Show and stay with various stud Corriedale breeders in Victoria, Australia.
Lucy your achievements in many aspects of the industry are not only admirable, they are sincerely appreciated as they will, no doubt, lead toward continued industry growth and progression. Watching your career from here on out will be fun! Thank you for your contributions to NZ agriculture already and in the future!