COUNTRY CALENDAR: EPISODE 3. 2009. LYN OF TARANAKI
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''A profile of Lyn Webster of Taranaki, who share-milks 185 cows on her own.
Sshe loves being on a farm and working with her cows - and she says she's making a good living as well.
Originally a city girl, Lyn was introduced to dairy farming by her former partner. When they split up six years ago, she couldn't face being in an office again.
The dairy industry offered her the independence she wanted and has kept her close to home to look after her two young daughters.
She started managing a small dairy farm and then moved into sharemilking. Her ability was recognised in 2005 when she won the award for Taranaki Variable Order Share-milker of the Year.
When Country Calendar filmed her recently, she'd taken yet another step up the dairy industry ladder, to a 50:50 sharemilking position on a farm at Oakura, not far from New Plymouth.
For most sole parents, all this would be more than enough - but Lyn has taken on additional challenges.
She studied five years part-time for her Diploma of Agriculture. And she's now started what she calls her Grass Class - her reputation as a farmer is so high that a group of locals cram into her garage once a week for a course on pasture management and feed allocation.
On top of that, she works every spring as an AB technician to inseminate other farmers' cows. It's another source of income to help her build up her herd and achieve her long-term goal of buying a house.'' TVNZ; tvnz.co.nz; 16/03/2009
Reference number F113018
Collection Film and Video Collection
Media type Moving Image
Series COUNTRY CALENDAR
Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA
Production company Television New Zealand
Viewing locations Digital file available to view at medialibrary, Wellington
Presenter: Carol Archie
Director: Carol Archie
Producer: Frank Torley
Editor: Brent Whitwell
Camera: Barrington West
Sound: Kevin Hill