Cow-shy hairdresser now cutting it

Ashleigh Sinclair, of Gore, enjoys spending time on a dairy farm at Wyndham and she and partner...
Ashleigh Sinclair, of Gore, enjoys spending time on a dairy farm at Wyndham and she and partner Clint Cummings have the Mayoak stud. The white cow Mayoak Ready Pearl, now aged 4, was her first calf. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Before she met her dairy farmer partner, hairdresser Ashleigh Sinclair did not own a pair of gumboots and was scared of cows.

Now she co-owns 20.

She spends most weekends with Clint Cummings on his family’s 106ha, 230-cow Wyndham dairy farm.

"I started off being petrified of cows, and going out on the farm was a challenge for me, but now I’ve seen how friendly they are and I love spending time with them.

"They are really cool animals."

She is a hairdresser and has had her own business in Gore, Unwind Hair with Ash, for five years.

"I have got into showing and I also do calf rearing at the weekends and do things like helping with drenching."

She and her partner have the Mayoak stud.

Ashleigh Sinclair had never been on a dairy farm before she met her partner, but loves spending...
Ashleigh Sinclair had never been on a dairy farm before she met her partner, but loves spending most weekends with the cows. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Ms Sinclair took over the role of secretary of Holstein Friesian New Zealand’s Southland branch three years ago.

She organises the branch’s various stock, progeny and judging competitions as well as club get-togethers and herd walks, which she enjoys.

"It is quite cool having a look at what breeders are doing," she said.

Holstein Friesian New Zealand (HFNZ) is holding an online auction to raise money for its Black and White Youth programme on October 14.

Branches are encouraged to donate items as well as hold members’ dinners and other events on the same day.

The branches will link into the main auction, which is being held in the Waikato.

The Southland and Otago branches are combining to hold a dinner and contribute to the fundraiser at the Gore RSA on the same day.

"We have put together a large gift basket worth $150, which will be sold during the auction."

The money raised will be used for the HFNZ’s under-13 membership programme, the New Zealand Black and White Youth calf and photograph competitions and show trip, as well as the National All Dairy Breeds Youth Camp, youth judging schools and other competitions.

"At the last youth camp they had 24 kids stay on a farm for four to five days and they learned how to clip and handling."

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