Introducing Olivia Ross

Introducing Olivia Ross

Olivia competes on the National Rodeao circuitOlivia Ross was brought up in western Southland before moving to the Taieri Plains near Dunedin in 2003, and returning to Southland in 2011. Over the years she has been involved in both the dairy and sheep/beef sectors throughout Southland, Otago and South Canterbury. With her Diplomas in Agriculture, Farm Management, and Applied Science from Lincoln University, Olivia is now a fertiliser field consultant for Outgro®.

“Shepherding was my life before Outgro®, so I understand where farmers are coming from and how their business works on a day-to-day basis” says Olivia. “Since working with Outgro® I have come across many different pasture systems throughout the Southland region – from all-grass to many winter crops. With the way the Outgro® system operates I can look at every system and crop on an individual basis and tailor-make a plan that suits each farmer and farm operation. I can get a good understanding on the complete operation, from stock to management, and this enables me to recommend the most appropriate and cost- effective fertiliser option for each farm”

Olivia’s clients Bill and Kate Reid, along with their son Wiremu, have been working with Outgro® for the last year, for their 700-cow dairy farm at Centre Bush. Olivia supplied the Reids with solid recommendations while Outgro’s new Southland branch was getting established and two treatments have since been applied. While studying in Christchurch Olivia also gained a Professional Certificate in Communication with Distinction through Trinity Guildhall. She enjoys teaching others the art of public speaking and has a future goal of starting up a development programme for rural school children.

“I really enjoy the outdoors and I’m not afraid of a challenge. I consider myself as an outgoing person with an individual personality and I’m willing to learn new things and am not afraid to ask for help. I consider myself to have many of the valuable and needed people skills.”

Outside of work Olivia can be found with her ever- extending animal family in the rural surroundings of central Southland. With a love of horses and rodeo, most evenings and early mornings are devoted to training and keeping her two quarter-horse geldings fit for the rodeo season throughout New Zealand, while her two sheep dogs follow her every move. Young Farmers also plays a big role in Olivia’s lifestyle and she is an active member of the Nightcaps YFC and earlier this year won the New Zealand stock judging competition in Masterton. She also plays sports including social netball and squash and is always keen to go for a hunt for either pigs or deer to keep the fitness levels alive and adrenalin levels pumping – and the dinner table well dressed.

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