Award finalist from South

Jolene Germann
Jolene Germann
Southlander Jolene Germann is one of three finalists in this year's Dairy Woman of the Year.

Mrs Germann is up against Bay of Plenty veterinarian Claire Nicholson and dairy business owner Jessie Chan-Dorman.

A relative newcomer to the dairy industry, Mrs Germann milked her first cow only seven years ago.

She is a dairy consultant for Agribusiness Consultants and has recently been asked to become a partner.

She was surprised to be nominated for the award but humbled at the same time, she said.

''I'm constantly impressed with the opportunities and passion that is so widespread within the dairy industry.''

Mrs Germann and her husband Hadleigh own a 200ha, 570-cow dairy farm in equity partnership in Aparima.

A regular volunteer, Mrs Germann is involved with Primary ITO as a mentor and DairyNZ Dairy Connect as a mentor farmer.

Over the years, she has also held many leadership roles in New Zealand Young Farmers and is chairwoman of Southland's Rural Business Network and recently completed the Kellogg's Rural Leadership Programme.

The winner will be announced next month.

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