WHAT’S THE BEST ADVICE YOU’VE BEEN GIVEN?
Focus and work with what I have to achieve what I want. Our journeys won’t be the same and we cannot all tell the same story.
IF THERE’S ONE THING YOU COULD HAVE DONE DIFFERENTLY, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Nothing, otherwise I wouldn’t have learned from my mistakes. I do wish I could have started agriculture at an earlier age.
WHAT IS YOUR SINGLE BIGGEST SUCCESS?
Winning the RPO/Nerpo Emerging Farmer of the Year 2021. As a young female in a male-dominated industry, I think I did well. There is doubt and one must always prove yourself.
WHO HAS MADE THE BIGGEST CONTRIBUTION TO YOUR SUCCESS?
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP LIKE WITH YOUR NEIGHBOURING FARMERS?
Most have worked with my father for the longest time. I’ve built a strong relationship with those I’ve worked with.
WAS IT A STRUGGLE TO GET FINANCING? WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR OTHERS SEEKING FUNDING?
Yes, it is still a struggle. Banks need security to give a loan. Government has failed me. I have been applying but I get no response. My advice to others is to have a feasible business plan, don’t have debt, understand that raising capital is a long-term goal, and contemplate all options.
WHAT ROLE HAVE INPUT SUPPLIERS, LIKE ANIMAL HEALTH COMPANIES, PLAYED IN YOUR BUSINESS?
We are nothing without them. We need them to plant and for our animals to survive. They play a huge role in my business.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THE MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE?
Please call me! Honestly, there’s a huge gap from commonages to commercial farmers that needs to be considered. Empower us with not only knowledge but capital, skills and equipment. Work with us who are on the ground … also, please call me!