Inductees 2012 - Annette Howard

Annette Howard

A farmer’s work is never done and neither is a mother’s. So when you combine both jobs, your plate is well and truly overflowing.

Pig farmer Annette Howard says rearing pigs is a “seven days a week, 365 days a year” job. When she and her husband established their piggery in Wannamal 115km north-east of Perth 25 years ago, she’d get up at 5am, dividing her time between farm, family and working within the community. After being raised in the city, the change in lifestyle came as a shock. “I met a farmer and that was the end of it,” she laughed.

The couple have 8000 pigs on their 1763ha property and she is on the Pork Industry Training Committee of WA, working to maintain quality in the industry.

Alongside her busy life on the farm, Mrs Howard is an active Country Women’s Association member and on the WA Scout Training Team. She was a cub scout leader for 19 years and is now the Scouts WA branch commissioner for adult training.

“The satisfaction on someone’s face who’s spent two hours saying ‘I can’t do it’ and then for them to actually do it is very rewarding,” she said.

The New Zealand-born mother of three said her main motivation in life was “to be happy, to laugh and have fun” and take life’s challenges in her stride.

The West Australian

Article Index
Inductees 2012
Jahna Cedar
Linda Fistonich
Professor Colleen Hayward
Annette Howard
Freda Jacob
The Honourable Antoinette Kennedy AO
Kerry Newick
Dr Casta Tungaraza
Linda Wayman
Professor Samina Yasmeen
Roll of Honour - Susan Adelaide Casson
Roll of Honour - Dr Roberta Jull
Roll of Honour - Dame Annie Florence Gillies Cardell-Oliver
Roll of Honour - Florence Hummerston
Roll of Honour - Isabel Johnston
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