With a decade of working for Farm Source under her belt, Reporoa Technical Sales Rep (TSR) Donna Scott is keeping her farmers in the know.
Having kicked off her career at Farm Source’s Taupo branch shortly after completing her studies, Donna ventured down the road to Reporoa where she’s been looking after approximately 120 farmers for the last year.
Life on the farm is in Donna’s blood as she grew up on the family dairy farm which she says has given her a "good grounding and understanding of the highs and lows of farming".
Farming in the Reporoa region delivers a variety of conditions for Donna, as she describes the valley as having it all "from rolling pumice country to low lying wet flats".
It’s "high input to grass only," she adds.
During the current hot and dry weather, she says farmers will be focusing on "a balancing act of keeping stock in good condition and milk in the vat".
"Summer crops are coming out and regrassing options will be the topic of conversation."
To those conversations, Donna and her fellow TSRs bring up-to-date knowledge on a vast range of farming products and subjects, making them a valuable resource to farmers.
And if they don’t have the answer right away, Donna says "we have the tools to find out quickly".
She says Farm Source has a "huge pool of expertise" to offer and assist farmers with.
"Our farmers have access to TSRs, Sustainable Dairy Advisors (SDAs), Area Manager(AMs) etc. at no additional cost to the farmer."
Alongside her Farm Source team, Donna calls her vendor reps "a wealth of knowledge", saying "they are more than willing to help out when they are needed, whether it’s jumping on the end of a spatula to cook the BBQ on the farm or provide technical support".
It’s seeing the result of the work she and the team do for their farmers that Donna calls the most enjoyable part of being a TSR.
"Being on the farm and seeing the plans you work on with farmers from start to finish, i.e. identifying paddocks to be cropped, choosing the variety, getting it in the ground, getting it out of the ground and getting the best result possible."
This was the case with a recent customer, who Donna says yielded "the best crops he has ever grown".
"By tweaking his cropping programme, utilising suitable crop varieties for the area and strategic uses of fertilizer, herbicide and insecticide," she says, he had great results.
If the time on the farm isn’t enough, Donna says she enjoys "all things outdoors" in Reporoa.
"I’m lucky to have the lake, open farmland and bush access at my doorstep…and wine country is only 1.5 hours away."