Mum, Share Milker, Farm Assistant, DairyNZ contractor, Dairy Womens Network Module Developer, School Board Of Trustees Member, Playcentre Mum, Teacher - Trish Rankin wears many hats in many different roles - and she is extremely passionate about them all!
Trish grew up in Christchurch & Greymouth, a daughter of a policeman, she is a self proclaimed townie. After meeting Glen, a Livestock officer with Agriquality, as it was then, he decided that he would like to go farming again, having completed studies through Taratahi after finishing school. For the next few years, Trish taught at schools and worked on her education career, while he built his farming career. Once they started having children, Trish employed an Au Pair, and was minimally involved on the farms they managed or share milked on.
In 2013, they entered in and got great feedback from the New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards. Trish and Glen had a massive re-think, her teaching wages were only just covering childcare (by this stage they had 4 boys) and they couldn't get ahead. So in 2014 Trish resigned as Deputy Principal and became a full time mum, calf rearer, business admin, and general 'helper-outerer'. This decision launched her passion for agri-business, she could see her skills being utilised in a way that directly, positively affected their own business, and the family's future.
"I was hooked. Since my decision to be a fully invested farming partner we have cracked into 50/50 share milking, I have almost finished my Agribusiness Diploma, we won the Northland Share Farmer Of The Year title and I'm finding lots of contract type work in fields that I love - mainly in the agribusiness sector. I wake up everyday and wonder what new challenges will come my way. I still get to do some relief teaching too!"
Their kids are part of their business, they are a fully invested family on a journey to farm ownership. "I am so lucky to be part of this rewarding sector contributing to NZ and our communities we live in - soon to be South Taranaki."
What an exciting journey you are on Trish, and so great you have found a passion which can be applied to the fields of work which you love.