Fairlie trainee ‘delighted’ to win national title

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Happy winner . . . Nicola Blowey won the dairy trainee of the year for 2018. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

A Fairlie woman, Nicola Blowey (25), has won a prestigious prize at the 2019 National New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards.

She was named dairy trainee of the year for 2018 in front of a capacity audience of 580 people at Wellington’s TSB Arena on Saturday evening.

With two other winners, for share farmer and dairy manager of the year, she won a share in prizes worth more than $210,000.

“I was delighted,” she said.

Miss Blowey is an assistant herd manager on Kieran and Leonie Guiney’s 600-cow, 175ha Fairlie property and has been there since July 2016, having come from England.

Cantabs . . . Nicola Blowey (left) is the 2019 Canterbury-North Otago Dairy Trainee of the Year, Ruwan Wijayasena is the Share Farmer of the Year, and Matt Redmond is the Dairy Manager of the Year. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

“I’m from Devon and studied agriculture at Harper Adams University.

“I came out for a year to learn about grass-fed systems.”

But she found it so enjoyable she has stayed on and is looking forward to taking over as manager of the property next month.

“I have to sort out my visa so that it is altered to the new job role.”

The competition judges described Miss Blowey as a confident, mature and compelling young woman.

“She has a mature outlook and her communication skills were exceptional,” head judge Jenny Sinclair, of Te Awamutu, said.