From Remuera to the Hauraki Plains
‘‘It is always great to be able to help out and we have so much knowledge at our fingertips we can usually sort most problems that arise.’’
If you take the girl out of the city young enough she may come to appreciate the country life.
DairyNZ consulting officer for the Hauraki Plains Coromandel Annabelle Smart was born and bred in Auckland, Remuera actually, and you don’t get more city than that.
DairyNZ consulting officers work in the field with farmers to help them become more successful.
Smart said she was a city girl until she was 12 years old and then she went to boarding school in Palmerston North.
‘‘It was a small school in the heart of rural New Zealand and I used to spend quite a few weekends with friends I made there and of course most of them lived on farms.
‘‘This is where I got my first taste of country life and I was hooked,’’ she said.
Smart, 25, went from secondary schooling to Lincoln University where she worked on her Agriculture Science degree.
‘‘I did my last semester in Colorado, USA, on an exchange trip and came back to New Zealand in 2014 and started work for Livestock Improvement, covering for a lady on maternity leave, for 12 months,’’ she said.
When the contract was finished Smart decided it was time for an OE and headed off-shore with her partner for four months.
On her return she heard from Phil Irvine, who is the DairyNZ North Waikato regional leader, with a job offer and she began as a dairy consultant in September 2016.
DairyNZ is the industry organisation representing New Zealand’s dairy farmers. Their purpose is to secure and enhance the profitability, sustainability and competitiveness of New Zealand dairy farming.
For the past 12 months Smart said she has not had two days the same.
‘‘The job is so varied, I spend time talking to farmers, running discussion groups and cold calling on farmers, some of whom don’t really understand what we have to offer them.
‘‘It is always great to be able to help out and we have so much knowledge at our fingertips we can usually sort most problems that arise,’’ she said.
‘‘I get the biggest kick out of providing farmers with the support they need.’’
Smart’s other passion in life is her horse which she competes in showjumping on and which takes care of any spare time she may have.
DairyNZ consulting officer for the Hauraki Plains Coromandel, Annabelle Smart.