Farming has been part of Rachael Foy's life since childhood and now she has been named as an Auckland Hauraki Dairy Awards finalist.

She milked her first cow at 12 years old and now Rachael Foy is in the running for the Auckland Hauraki Dairy Manager of the Year.


The 25-year old Waeranga assistant manager said the aim was to make it as a finalist when she entered for the first time. 


"I'm pretty happy... it was really well organised right from entering to judging," she said. 


She spent hours on the presentation for the judges and made it her own.


"It's quite loose, you get given the criteria and you present it how you want."


It's her second season on the 178 hectare farm helping to manage 500 cows.


Next season she will step up to a manager's role on the same farm.


Farming had always been on the cards for Foy who grew up on her parents' 70 acre property in Huntly.


From there she moved on to a Bachelor of Agriculture at Lincoln University.


She said the it was an easy decision to enter into a farming career.


"I think the opportunity for equity growth and getting a business for yourself is good... and there's always people willing to offer advice."


Foy said while there was potential to work outside of the Waikato in the future, she wasn't in a hurry to move on.


"There's always that opportunity, but at the moment I'm happy to stay in the area."


Award winners for the Auckland Hauraki Dairy Awards will be announced at a special dinner on March 9. 

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