Sarita Nisbett grew up farming. She remembers that she couldn't wait to get home from school to go to work on the farm, her dad a farm manager, would often leave the motorbike for her. When she left school she trained as a hairdresser, but agriculture and farming remained her main interest.
Her husband Ben grew up on his family farm, and early on in their relationship the couple brought land and started dairy grazing. Soon after they had their two children, the chance came to buy the family farm in the Wai-iti Valley, Nelson. So they sold their original block and moved there. The two have since expanded more, buying neighbouring land where they graze a few of their own beef stock, as well as100 dairy heifers. The dairy heifers arrive on farm between 180kg and 200kg and they take through to the following year as 'in calf heifers' to the dairy farmer at 480kg to 520kg average weight to start their life as a milking cow. Sarita loves having the chance to see heifers grow from calves to future mothers themselves.
Ben is a bush contractor spending a lot of time off farm, and Sarita manages the day to day running of the farm. She is in charge of all of the stock movements, setting up and shifting break and crop fences, feeding out hay or bailage, calf rearing in spring and general farm maintenance. Sarita also finds time to help out on neighbouring farms during the busy times.
Along with the farm Sarita and Ben also have an interest in rodeo. They spend a lot of time getting horses fit and ready for season. "I enjoy the agriculture life as it allows me time to be with the kids at the start and finish of their school day, work the horses, and the day to day running of a household. I think the AgWomen community are a great and important support network providing a vital contact source for rural women in all farming aspects no matter what the role".
Sarita, we love your dedication and passion for what you do. The way you described what an AgWomen can be for others is key to why we find it so important to share the stories of the many many women living and working hard in the primary industries.