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Young farming manager's
PASSION FOR DAIRYING: Amy Lowe with Katie, a pet cow, on the Kairanga farm.
Photo: WARWICK SMITH/FAIRFAX NZ
By JILL GALLOWAY
HAPPY COWS equal good milk
production and happy cows mean
happy people, Manawatu dairy
farm manager Amy Lowe says.
That's her mantra. She
scratches an upset cow and tells
her to settle down. The cow was
not happy at the new people (the
photographer and reporter) in the
shed, turning the wrong way at
first and kicking off the cups.
A friendly talk and scratch from
Lowe, and she calmed down.
Lowe says she was mentored
and helped in the early part of her
career in dairying, and she now
supports students and trainees
who think they may want to be
part of the dairy industry.
Lowe is seen in the sector as an
up-and-coming young leader in
the dairy industry.
She has been making a name
for herself and was recently
awarded runner-up in the Farm
Manager of the Year category at
the dairy industry regional
Her partner, Joshua Mitchell,
also works on the Kairanga dairy
farm, along with farmhand Deon
Weir. The three of them milk all
year, 460 cows, with 220 calving
in autumn and 240 in spring.
Both Lowe and Mitchell grew
up on dairy farms in Manawatu.
Lowe was on a 110-cow dairy
farm and that sowed the seed for
her passion for dairying.
I loved going out with Mum
and Dad on the farm, and being
with the animals, when I was
growing up. I adored the animals,
which has progressed into an
interest and passion for breeding.''
She says she grew up on a
friesian stud and breeding better
cows is what helps drive her.
They look after cows for Nikki
and Grant Kearins and are
contract milkers, so the more the
cows produce, the more Lowe and
They have increased production
per hectare and lowered the
mastitis count. They provide milk
from the farm to the privately
owned dairy company, Open
Country, in Wanganui.
Open Country has 590 suppliers
to its plants throughout the
country -- 101 provide milk to its
Lowe says that with contract
milking, it means that she is
responsible for the whole running
of the dairy farm business,
including staff, feeding the cows,
and making sure that the milk
gets into the vat.
I go on my pasture walks, work
out what the cows are getting, and
top them up with supplements
such as maize and grass silage, or
palm kernel extract and an energy
mix if needed.''
They have a feed pad and a
loafing barn', which means cows
can calve there.
When it is horrible weather,
we set that [loafing barn] up and
put the cows there. They're shut
in, because cows oftengo out in the
mud somewhere horrible to calve
if they're allowed.''
When they're not calving, all
cows also have access to that
when it's cold and wet, Lowe says.
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