Even though Nicola Blowey's parents sold their dairy farm in Devon just before she was born, farming has remained in her veins. After studying agriculture in the UK she came to South Canterbury to work on a dairy farm.
It was meant to be for 12 months but four years on she's still here and rising up the industry ranks. Last year the 26-year-old won the Dairy Trainee of the Year title in the NZ Dairy Industry Awards. She then took up a farm manager position on one of Kieran and Leonie Guiney's dairy farms near Fairlie.
Nicola now has three staff and a large herd of KiwiCross cows to look after. She's loving the increased responsibility.