Winton vet finalist in Dairy Woman of 2013

DIANE BISHOP IN GORE
Last updated 15:42 08/02/2013
Kath Taylor
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Winton dairy vet and mastitis expert Kath Taylor is a finalist in the 2013 Dairy Woman of the Year Award.

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Dairy vet Kath Taylor has been named as a finalist in the 2013 Dairy Woman of the Year Award.

Run by the Dairy Women's Network, the award includes a scholarship to the year-long Women in Leadership course run by Global Women and is worth $25,000.

Ms Taylor, who is one of six vying for the title, was nominated by her VetSouth colleague Mark Bryan for her significant contribution internationally, nationally, locally and at farm level to improve milk quality.

She has been a dairy vet for the past 19 years and currently leads the milk quality team at VetSouth Winton.

"There are so many amazing women working in the dairy industry, which is part of what I enjoy about my job," Ms Taylor said.

She has presented extensively on her work at the South Island Dairy Event (SIDE), dairy cattle conferences, DairyNZ workshops, Dairy Women's Network conferences and Dairy Days.

Internationally she presented at the first Heifer Mastitis Conference in Denton, Belgium, and the World Mastitis Conference at The Hague, Holland.

Ms Taylor was mainly concerned with investigating grades, monitoring and managing somatic cell counts and outbreaks of clinical mastitis, training staff and advising on mastitis control.

She is also an accredited vet for the Fonterra Mastitis Support Programme.

Dairy Women's Network Trust Board chairwoman Michelle Wilson said the calibre of all six entrants in the 2013 Dairy Woman of the Year was exceptionally high.

Also in the running for the Dairy Women's Network competition are Synlait Farms chief executive Juliet MacLean, Rakaia farm owner and key account manager of AgITO Kathryn van den Beuken, Fairlie farm owner Leonie Guiney.

Rounding out the field is MyFarm farm supervisor Sarah Watson and BEL Group business manager Justine Kidd, from Waipukurau.

The winner will be announced at the Dairy Women's Network annual conference on March 20 in Nelson.

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