Awards en­trant has range of in­ter­ests

Matamata Chronicle - - Property - By ABBY BROWN

Mata­mata- based As­tra- Lee Bur­rows, 26, has en­tered the Dairy In­dus­try Awards dairy trainee cat­e­gory be­cause she’s bravely will­ing to give any­thing, in­clud­ing learn­ing to fly, a go.

Bur­rows is an as­sis­tant man­ager on Chris and He­len Brown’s Mata­mata farm where they milk 300 cows.

She grew up around dairy­ing, namely her grand­par­ents’ farm in Wai­mate, South Can­ter­bury.

While at school she did re­lief milk­ing for a neigh­bour then worked for them full­time when she grad­u­ated, spend­ing three sea­sons there, two as sec­ond-in­charge.

Bur­rows then went to Massey Univer­sity to do a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence ma­jor­ing in bio­science.

While there she worked at Chris and He­len Brown’s Mata­mata farm dur­ing the sum­mer and when she grad­u­ated they took her on full­time.

She said she was en­ter­ing the awards for the first time to gauge her progress in the in­dus­try.

Her ul­ti­mate goal is to be­come a farm ad­viser.

The men­tor of Pri­mary ITO stu­dents also has a big pas­sion for help­ing peo­ple re­alise their po­ten­tial through qual­i­fi­ca­tions. She wants to en­cour­age those in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try who might not have the con­fi­dence to get qual­i­fi­ca­tions to just give it a go.

Bur­rows wants to un­der­take a Nuffield schol­ar­ship which would take her around the world to in­ter­view ex­perts on a cho­sen topic – prob­a­bly agri­cul­tural ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing – within the next five years.

She is sit­ting her pri­vate pi­lot’s li­cence at a lo­cal fly­ing school with an in­ter­est in aer­o­batic com­pe­ti­tions in due course.

‘‘When I moved up here, I sort of thought since I’m mov­ing into a new area, and hav­ing the time, not busy study­ing and work­ing, I thought ‘ right I have a bit of time on my hands’ and it was some­thing I had an in­ter­est in and so I went to have a chat.’’

She said her mum was a bit hes­i­tant about it but her dad was all for it.

‘‘My mum’s the one who is sort of – she doesn’t put the brakes on it – but she thinks about the safety of it and my dad was, ‘ go for it’.’’

She started flight train­ing last year and hopes to have her li­cence by the sum­mer.

Bur­rows said she is con­sid­er­ing get­ting her com­mer­cial fly­ing li­cence after that.

She is also in­volved with the lo­cal Young Farm­ers club, and en­joys rid­ing her horse, Bruce, who didn’t make the grade as a race horse, and surf­ing.

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