A meal cooked by someone else was a huge drawcard to the recent Dairy Women’s Network dinner in Oamaru.
North Otago regional convener Julie Dee said 40 people attended the event at Cucina. They included “quite a few new faces” and “younger faces”.
Mrs Dee said the evening was a lot of fun, giving participants a chance to socialise away from the farm. She reminded them to stop and congratulate themselves on how much they had achieved in recent months, with calving added to the usual workload.
Some of the women milked cows, reared calves, and worked in one or two off-farm jobs as well as running their households, she said.
When she asked whether they would rather have a more active social gathering, such as playing bowls, most said they loved going out for dinner and chatting with other women.
A series of awards were given out during the evening, with prizes of kitbags donated by Oamaru Veterinary Centre and Fonterra, FMG packs, and pamper packs from La Beaute.
Four seminars would be offered by the Dairy Women’s Network in the next six months, including succession planning and finances and budgeting. The latter led on from a previous seminar run in North Otago.
Mrs Dee said the network’s head office was starting to comment on the good attendances at branch activities and North Otago’s strength as a region.
After “another tough season”, she urged everyone to keep an eye out for their neighbours and contact the Rural Support Trust for help if needed.