Finalist thrives on farming
By JEREMY SMITH It’s something of a return to her roots and Ohaupobased Kaylea Pamment is “really happy”.
She’s delighted to be back farming – this is her first year as a farm manager – and equally so with being named a finalist in the Dairy Industry Awards Waikato Farm Manager of the Year category.
Miss Pamment’s role is a sole-charge position milking 130 cows on 38 effective hectares.
She said the sole-charge nature of her job is just right as she looks to “find her feet”.
“I just want to learn and there’s lots of learning to be done.”
Miss Pamment was raised on a dairy farm, so feels being farming is where she is meant to be.
Her move back into dairy had gone well and she believes the competition will help her hone her skills.
“It’s the networking and the ability to be able to have the conversation about what you do on the farm, how you do it and why you do it.”
She also described it as a “good learning curve” and was really happy to have made the finals. “I’ll give it a good go,” she says. Long term, she would like to go sharemilking in the next five years. “When it’s something you love, it’s something you will end up doing well.”