This year’s recipient of the New Zealand Young Farmers exchange with the Scottish Association of Young Farmers is looking forward to her time in Scotland in June.
The highly sought-after trip is a dream come true for Waitane Young Farmers member Bridget Henderson.
“To be the only one going from New Zealand is such a thrill,” Ms Henderson said.
“We have had Scottish exchange students here over the years and kept in touch with them.
“I am looking forward to seeing the farm-related business side, not so much the castles.”
Ms Henderson lives on her family’s 280-cow dairy farm 10 minutes from Gore and works at the nearby Farmlands store.
“To go to Scotland and see the agricultural side of what they do and see what can be brought back to New Zealand farming is my aim.”
During the six-week exchange she will be billeted out to two to three families a week.
“It is a great way to learn how they do things.
“People say there are strong similarities between the agricultural sectors. I’m hoping there might be some useful practices I can bring back.
“I am going to stay on for a couple more months to make the most of my time there,” Ms Henderson said.
In particular she wants to go to the Burghley Horse Trials in September.
As she had strong family connections in Scotland, she was excited by the prospect of learning more about the people there.
“I’ve heard so many good things about the Scots.
“I can’t wait to get there and live with them in their environment,” she said.