Hinds Young Farmers member in the running for national award

Posted by on 9 May 2018 | Comments

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The chair of Hinds Young Farmers is receiving national recognition for her hard work in the dairy industry.

Cheyenne Wilson is a finalist for the 2018 Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award for Dairy.

The 25-year-old is an assistant manager for Nathan and Erin Christian on Lochan Mor farm near Ashburton.

In June, she’ll move to Culverden in North Canterbury to manage a 600 cow farm for Emlyn Francis.

“It is great to see young people reaping the rewards of their hard work and acting as role models for other young Māori,” said lead judge Peter Little.

Cheyenne grew up in Southland and worked in shearing sheds when she left school.

“I entered the dairy industry five years ago and haven’t looked back,” she said.

Cheyenne knew no one when she moved to Canterbury.

“Getting involved in NZ Young Farmers was a quick way for me to meet people and develop new friendships,” she said.

Cheyenne has served as chair of Hinds Young Farmers since last July and is a member of the Aorangi regional executive.

She’s also a regional leader for the Dairy Women’s Network in Mid Canterbury. 

Last year Cheyenne was named runner-up Canterbury/North Otago Trainee of the Year in the NZ Dairy Industry Awards.

“Entering the awards helped to raise my profile and enhance my career opportunities,” she said.

Cheyenne is completing a Level 5 Production Management course through PrimaryITO.

She’s one of three finalists vying to take out the Ahuwhenua Young Māori Farmer Award.