You Have Been Given a Gift

You Have Been Given a Gift

Janette Perrett


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From a young age, author Janette Perrett showed an interest in the environment and animals; it was an interest that led her to milking cows as a career. In You Have Been Given a Gift, she shares her story and reveals her lifelong passion for the profession.

In this biography, she narrates both the joys and the challenges of being a dairy farmer in New Zealand, a career overshadowed by the many frustrations experienced, at times leaving her defenseless and exhausted. When her family’s health becomes a priority, she questions protocol and introduces organic principles to her farming techniques.

You Have Been Given a Gift discusses Perrett’s journey as she learns to embrace the magical realm of biodynamics and work in harmony with the earth and Mother Nature. Offering a powerful message in each chapter, Perrett provides valuable lessons, reveals her intriguing discoveries, and showcases the family’s relationship with the land.


Janette Perrett:

Janette Perrett has spent forty-five years in the New Zealand dairy industry. In 2007, she earned her certificate in organic horticulture and in 2013 completed level three in horticulture through a division of Lincoln University. Perrett milks 190 cows with her youngest daughter in Hikurangi, north of Whangarei.