Dairy farmer, mother, wife and the Dorrigo district’s very own Wonder Woman is how her peers have described her. Renae has described herself as a daughter-in-law with a fire in her belly to prove her worth.
Super powers aside, this Young Farmer of the Year finalist is more than proving her value in dairy farming both on farm and off, holding representative positions, presenting at conferences and networking events and is already being touted as a future leader in the dairy industry.
Recently buying out husband Scott’s parents, they and their two young daughters are now farming under their own steam as they progress and grow the family business for the next generation.
With a focus on animal health and welfare, with a view that if the fundamental wellbeing of their animals is covered productivity and profitability will follow, Renae is guiding the business towards complete and holistic management supported by sound investment in technology, research and education.
The focus on health and wellbeing of her herd by investing in things like concrete creek crossings and lane ways to protect animals from lameness has brought added environmental and productivity benefits through minimising erosion and increasing efficiencies with a reduction in herd gathering times.
Her commitment to welfare and wellbeing extends beyond her animals, Renae is an advocate for mental health. Having suffered from mental illness herself, Renae understands the importance of supporting others in finding a healthy work life balance, particularly those in rural and regional communities.