Zoe broadens her horizons in NZ

Cooma's Zoe Lynch is getting an insight into farming practices in New Zealand and having the time of her life while doing it.

The 19-year-old has spent her summer holidays working on a sheep and cattle station in Southland on New Zealand's South Island.

The station, at Mount Linton, about an hour north-west of Invercargill, is the largest privately owned farm in New Zealand with 100,000 head of stock.

There are 5,000 cattle and the rest are sheep.

The station itself is 32,000 acres and employs 30 people with some additional casuals including Miss Lynch.

Working predominantly with stud cattle, Miss Lynch has also spent time helping the sheep team during busy times such as weaning, tailing, lamb weighing and shearing.

"When I got here we were finishing calving, then onto DNA testing the calves and artificially inseminating the cows with various semen from Australian and New Zealand bulls," she said.

"We have currently been pregnancy testing and scanning the yearling stock for intramuscular fat data."

Miss Lynch is studying a bachelor of agricultural science at Charles Sturt University via distance education.

She secured the job through a mutual contact from her family's Angus stud Kunuma on the Monaro

She said while the work was not related to her studies, the experience would help her with her work at home and in her career.

"I wanted to come here to broaden my horizons and see how they run things in a different country," she said.

"I've loved every part of it so far."

She will fly back to Australia later this month, but said she is having such a great time she is keen to extend her trip.

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