After growing up in town, Renae Flett was offered a chance to have a go at milking cows and she hasn't looked back. With that in mind Renae has always had one goal in mind, to show that women could run a farm just as well as any man. In 2016 at the regional Dairy Industry Awards, she took out the 'Manawatu Farm Manager Of The Year' title plus 4 merits. She also picked up a merit at the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards night, which has set her up for the most incredible year of opportunities.
Renae is currently in her first season contract milking a small predominantly Ayrshire herd of 180 cow in the Manawatu. "Its been an incredible yet extremely challenging season. I work all year round on my own doing every aspect of the farm duties with the use of a relief milker occasionally, so I can still get my horse out and about when time allows."
Renae has been lucky enough to have been offered support from Optimate/OptiGuard Livestock Health Range, which is helping her aim to reach her next goals - To be a solo female winner of the share-farmer of the year title, to help keep her farming business running successfully and keeping her cows in top condition. She also writes a monthly blog for them on their Facebook page, that openly lets people know how her farm and cows are tracking and what she's up to outside of work. Whether it be a horse show or Young Farmer event.
Renae is super busy in the Agri industry off the farm as well. She has been lucky enough to be a speaker at the NZ Future Farmers conference and also recently wrote a piece for the Millennium Farming website. An active member of the New Zealand Young Farmers club, she also manages to train and compete a young horse, and is about to start a bachelor of Agri-commerce through Massey University. On top of farming these all keep her pretty busy but she wouldn't change it for the world.
"I'm passionate, determined and very driven to keep achieving goals and targets in my farming business and to support others to achieve their dreams in this industry, as there are so many opportunities for those who want to grab them!" What a busy bee you are Renae! You are doing such a great job at grabbing those opportunities, and making the most of what the industry has to offer.