Muir at helm for Taranaki farmers

18:40, Dec 19 2013
Bronwyn Muir stand
New Taranaki Federated Farmers president Bronwyn Muir

Taranaki Federated Farmers has its first woman president.

Eltham's Bronwyn Muir has taken over from dairy farmer Harvey Leach, who has been in the role for the last 2 years. She becomes Federated Farmers' sixth female provincial president.

"Harvey has been a huge influence and a game changer in the Taranaki region, and we will all be sad to see him go," Federated Farmers national president Bruce Wills said.

"The role of provincial president is voluntary and takes a lot of time and dedication.

"Our provincial presidents do a lot of great work that does not get a lot of coverage, but Harvey has always been one of life's true gentlemen. He will be missed but he leaves his province in great shape."

Mr Leach owns a dairy farm at Rawhitiroa, east of Eltham, in partnership with wife Lynette.

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Mrs Muir and husband Phil milk 240 cows on their dairy farm on the Eltham town boundary and have 6500 stock units on their sheep and beef and dairy support farm at Mangamingi, east of the town. They have three children.

Earlier this year she established OnFarmSafety New Zealand, a specialist company which assists farmers to put health and safety policies and procedures in place on their farms. Last year she convened a Taranaki Federated Farmers working party to foster quad bike safety on farms.

She joined the Taranaki executive three years ago and chairs Taranaki Women in Farming.

She said the new role was an opportunity to make a difference and to ensure the sustainability of agriculture for the next generation.

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