Fonterra Chief Executive Miles Hurrell says the Co-op is proud to recognise and help develop women in dairying who set high standards for themselves and for our industry.
“I want to congratulate Ash-Leigh for winning this award and also the two other finalists. They are all outstanding ambassadors for our industry and are contributing to the pathways that will enable the next generation of farmers to succeed.
“Ash-Leigh’s commitment to sustainable farming and environmental protection is clear to see, and makes a real and positive difference in her local community and our industry.”
Dairy Women's Network Trustee, who heads up the judging panel, Alison Gibb said all three women contributed to the dairy industry in very different ways, highlighting the depth and diversity of how women are contributing to the dairy industry in New Zealand.
“Ash-Leigh exudes energy and passion for the dairy industry and has actively sought opportunities to both contribute and grow in an industry she loves.”
As Fonterra Dairy Woman of the Year, Ash-Leigh receives a scholarship prize of up to $20,000 to undertake a professional business development programme, sponsored by Fonterra.