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Balancing a stud, work and studying is a busy juggling act

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Some people might be studying a university degree, others may be starting their own stud while others again may be working a job. For 20 year-old Teizha Mears, it is all three at once.

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SUCCESS: Teizha Mears has claimed a win on a number of occasions at the Sydney Royal Show.

SUCCESS: Teizha Mears has claimed a win on a number of occasions at the Sydney Royal Show.

Some people might be studying a university degree, others may be starting their own stud while others again may be working a job.

For 20 year-old Teizha Mears, it is all three at once.

On her parents' 40-hectare property at Upper Lansdowne on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Teizha operates her stud Enterprize Boer Goats while studying a Bachelor of Agriculture part-time at the University of New England and working full-time at Oxley Island Dairies.

For eight months now, Teizha has worked at Oxley Island Dairies milking, rearing calves, drying cows off, treating for pink eye, and cattle work including ear tagging, vaccinating and drenching.

By her own admission, Enterprize Boer Goats is a small operation of 'breeding and showing registered boer goats that is slowly expanding in size and colours'.

Teizha has a 60-head herd of registered standard, red, paints and black boer goats with plans to grow.

PASSION: Teizha Mears has a real thirst for agriculture and boer goats in particular, operating her own 60-head stud, Enterprize Boer Goats.

PASSION: Teizha Mears has a real thirst for agriculture and boer goats in particular, operating her own 60-head stud, Enterprize Boer Goats.

She has had success at Sydney Royal Show with not only the goat showing, but Teizha also won the junior judging boer goat competition.

She developed a passion for agriculture at a very young age and, with the help of friends and family, it has only grown stronger.

"I have grown up on acreage on the Central Coast and my pop had a farm that I always visited," Teizha said.

"I'm extremely passionate about the agriculture industry and I always loved agriculture during high school.

"I've always loved animals and I am very interested in genetics, breeding and nutrition.

"I got started through my parents having some small acreage, so I decided to get a couple of commercial goats.

"My mum's friend Roz offered me a registered buck and that's how I started my stud with the standard boer goats.

"I went to EKKA in QLD, and Robert Cairns introduced me to showing. I purchased my first red boer goats off him.

"I have recently purchased some high quality standard boer goats off Paul and Janette Ormsby to improve the quality of my herd and introduce new genetics.

"I can only keep my goat stud small at the moment due to being flat out with working at the dairy, my goats and university.

"I have just started a business pregnancy testing goats, sheep and cattle with my Draminiski Profi 2 ultrasound machine.

"I completed a goat and cattle artificial insemination course which I have practised on my own goats and have succeeded at."

Due to her busy schedule, Teizha said she needs a hand running the stud.

DUAL-WINNER: Not only enjoying success in the ring, Teizha Mears has also won the junior judging boer goat competition at Sydney Royal.

DUAL-WINNER: Not only enjoying success in the ring, Teizha Mears has also won the junior judging boer goat competition at Sydney Royal.

"I couldn't run my boer goat stud without my parents," she said.

"They helped me purchase my first goats and allow me to run them on their property. My nan helps, feeding the bottle feds for me when I'm at work.

"My boyfriend also helps out with the goats as well."

With Enterprize Boer Goats still in its infancy, Teizha is breeding more to grow her herd than for any commercial use at this stage.

"Does are joined to bucks in December and April, at a ratio of 10 to 15 does per buck, with kids dropped in September and May," she said.

"This breaks the kidding season up and gives me enough time to focus on each doe and her kids.

"I sell most of the buck kids at weaning which is around 12 weeks of age.

VARIETY: Teizha Mear's Enterprize Boer Goats is a 60-head herd of registered standard, red, paints and black boer goats.

VARIETY: Teizha Mear's Enterprize Boer Goats is a 60-head herd of registered standard, red, paints and black boer goats.

"I keep the doe kids and wean them around 16 weeks if the dam is in good condition.

"In the lead-up to joining, to ensure the bucks are fit I drench, vaccinate and hoof-trim them to make sure they are healthy and not lame.

"To ensure the does are in good condition to cycle they are supplementary fed for a few weeks prior and also receive a health check."

Teizha believes the goat industry is important and it is important for youth to be involved.

"Goats are an essential industry for many things including food and wool," she said.

"Goat meat has many health benefits as it is high in iron and Vitamin B12, and low in fat and cholesterol.

"Youth are needed to take the agriculture industry into the future."

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