Crowley-Hughes now on dairy network

21:21, Dec 10 2012
On board: Maree Crowley-Hughes is now on the Dairy Women's Network board of trustees.

A Southland dairy farmer has recently been appointed to represent a nationwide organisation that educates women in the business of dairying.

The Dairy Women's Network, which has nine trustees, now has two farmer-trustees representing Southland.

Thornbury dairy farmer Maree Crowley-Hughes said the role would be the beginning of her leadership journey.

"I'm privileged to be involved in creating opportunities for dairying women to develop their business and leadership skills.

"It's something that I understand from first-hand experience," she said.

She and her husband own seven farms throughout Southland and Otago. They milk about 5000 cows which produce more than two million kilograms of milksolids a year.


Last year, she won the Dairy Women's Network Celebrate You award for her leadership skills and commitment to further training.

Dairy Women's Network chairwoman and Tuatapere dairy farmer Michelle Wilson said Ms Crowley-Hughes would bring a lot of great skills to the team.

She had grassroots knowledge, empathy for women in dairying and strong business and governance skills, Ms Wilson said.

"We grow women into these roles.

"The network benefits from having fresh perspectives alongside steady hands," she said.

Ms Crowley-Hughes has been a member since 1998, is the director of five businesses and is expected to see out a three-year term with the organisation in her new role.

The Southland Times