When Ronda Ridsdale signed up for Shave for a Cure, she
decided to get as much exposure as she could.
So the DairyNZ regional events and administration
co-ordinator for Southland/South Otago has chosen to get her
hair shaved off, while surrounded by dairy farmers, at a
Milksmart event in Winton tomorrow.
Mrs Ridsdale was unfazed about the prospect of becoming bald,
potentially in front of about 200 people, although she did
admit that most of her friends thought she was ''absolutely
''It doesn't worry me. I've always worn my hair quite short.
I'm actually quite excited about it,'' she said.
Raising money for Leukaemia and Blood Cancer New Zealand was
particularly poignant for Mrs Ridsdale whose father died from
leukaemia about three years ago.
''I wouldn't do it without a really good cause,'' she said.
Mrs Ridsdale had already had a lot of support and, while she
had set herself a target of raising $1000, she was already
close to that figure.
She was expecting a ''fantastic'' day at the Milksmart event,
where the focus was on providing farmers with practical
solutions to save time and money and reduce stress.
Topics included stockmanship, milking efficiency, cow flow,
milking skills, mastitis management, cowshed design, people
management and water use.
It was a practical hands-on day and different topics were
covered each year, so there was always something new to
learn, she said. Milksmart will also be held at Clydevale on