From Re­muera to the Hau­raki Plains

Hauraki Herald - - RURAL - JILL CLEAVE

‘‘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.

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DairyNZ con­sult­ing of­fi­cer for the Hau­raki Plains Coro­man­del, Annabelle Smart.

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