Awards entrant has range of interests
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.