Juggling full time dairy farming and a busy dancing studio is certainly rewarding and brings some great variety to their lives, says 31-year-old Daniel.
Although an entire change to their farming system was necessary to accommodate their prospering dance career, both and Dan and Kirstin say they have thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and are really happy with what they have achieved.
“We had been dancing together for 3 years before we changed to the Once a Day Milking System. It’s given us the flexibility we needed to focus on our own dancing and our 30 plus dance students,” says Daniel.
“We now aim to have our farm jobs done by 3pm, leaving our afternoons and evenings free to teach and practice. During the weekends we’re now able to travel to Auckland for our own coaching and to attend competitions with our students.”
As the ballroom dancing season overlaps with the busiest part of the dairy farming season, between June and December, Daniel and Kirstin are pretty full on. Amid calving, coaching, practicing and competing they have some seriously long days.