A Gore farmer who has always wanted to learn more about her Scottish heritage will finally get the chance in year.
Bridget Henderson, 25, is this year’s recipient of the NZ Young Farmers exchange with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers.
The highly sought-after trip is a dream come true for the Waitane Young Farmers member.
“I’m so excited. I’ve always wanted to visit Scotland, it’s where my family’s from,” said Henderson.
“We’ve hosted several young farmers from Scotland and I’ve been eager to experience the things they talked about.”
“People say there are strong similarities between the agricultural sectors in the two countries. I’m hoping there might be some useful practices I can bring back to our farm in Southland,” she said.
Henderson lives on her family’s 280 cow dairy farm 10 minutes from Gore and works at the nearby Farmlands store.
“I’m currently trying to gain as much knowledge about cropping, sheep and beef, dairying and grazing units as possible,” she said.
“My long-term goal is to become a technical field advisor or an independent farm consultant.”
Henderson has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in farm management from Lincoln University. She’s also completed rural servicing papers through PrimaryITO.
Source: New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME)