Tayla Hansen is 13 years old and comes from the small rural town of Orini, in the Waikato. Here her family have 2.5 acres of land, where she keeps her beef cattle. Tayla's interest in cattle began at just 5 years old, raising a dairy calf, from here she did 5 years of raising friesian calves for calf club. Although the family did not own the calves, she was eager to compete at more show, she had to borrow from the neighbours. The only rule was that the calves were returned each year after the Waikato show.
In 2014, Tayla decided she would try something a bit different in order to go to more shows, something she was very passionate about doing. She brought an Angus X calf from the Bombay's and now owns 5 Speckle Park cattle, 4 crossbreed and her pure 10 month old bull calf. Tayla's dream is to have her own stud farm of pure breeds in the future, after she fell in love when she got her first Speckle Park x calf ‘Zeus’ in 2015. "I made it my goal then to buy a pure Speckle. In 2016 I met the owners of Below Sea Level Speckle Park from Ruawai, Dargaville. I was lucky enough that an opportunity came my way, and I now have my first pure calf ‘Master of Mayhem’.
Last year Tayla started her own stud under the name ‘Limited Edition Speckle Park’ and she looks forward to having her own progeny under this name. She understands that it will definitely take a few years but she believes it will be worth it. Tayla has achieved a lot in the past few years. In 2015-2016 she had a goal to win the Northern Junior Young Handler title, in which she won 1st place and is eagerly awaiting the results for 2016-2017. The Grand Final for Tayla's calf club years was at the Auckland Royal Easter Show where she took home the title of Supreme Calf Club Exhibit, as well as 1st in the handler class.
"To me the most significant thing was getting my first Purebred Speckle Park calf to be able to show in the pedigree class, a whole new experience in which I placed very highly taking out Supreme Speckle Park at the Auckland Easter Show. I entered the RAS Northern Calf and Handler competition and won the supreme title. I know I’m very young but I believe I have a promising future in the beef industry. I hope I can bring my knowledge to the next generation of kids with a passion because this is what has been done for me."
What a little AgWomen superstar in the making! You have such a bright future Tayla and we cannot wait to hear how you get on. Keep us updated will all your achievements as we know there will be many.