Sue and Mark Duffy. Photo supplied.
Dairying is likely be a regular topic of discussion in
the Duffy household.
Husband and wife Mark and Sue Duffy work for artificial
breeding company CRV Ambreed, which has a core business of
dairy semen production and sales.
Mr Duffy is sales and services manager for the South Island,
managing about 20 full-time staff, while Mrs Duffy is the
regional sales and services manager, covering the area from
Rakaia to Invercargill.
She has a team of eight field consultants and a services
co-ordinator, along with seasonal contractors.
The couple, who have recently shifted from Gore to Oamaru,
were enjoying a more central location for their work, as well
as the North Otago district, Mr Duffy said.
While Mrs Duffy was originally from a dairy farm in the North
Island and had spent most of her career in the dairy
industry, her husband's background was as a stock agent.
Originally from Lochiel in Southland, people management was
one of his strengths and he enjoyed dealing with ''all sorts
''A farmer is a farmer and a person is a person. That's how
you handle it,'' he said.
He was involved with a very widespread range of dairy farming
operations, from a ''one-man-band'' milking 400 cows, to huge
operations with thousands of cows.
It was a very interesting job and travelling was ''part and
parcel of it'', although the couple were doing a lot less
than they used to.
The driver for moving to North Otago included the more
central location and also it was from there through to North
Canterbury where all the growth and development in the dairy
industry was happening, he said.
Sport was a strong interest and the pair were looking forward
to getting out on to local golf courses.
Mr Duffy worked a lot with Rugby Southland as a rugby referee
and had already been ''collared'' to become involved in North
He has also been involved in cricket, with sons Jacob and
Ryan both contracted Otago Volts players.