Having spent most of her educational years in suburbia around the Newcastle region, Joanne Le Maitre became a farmer by default. After she graduated high school, her parents 'retired' onto a small property in the Hunter Valley. She took a job on a neighbouring property where she milked cows for a year before attending college. When an old brindle cow entered her life, it was here that her love affair with cattle began. After attending the local Agricultural College, she returned to the farm to dedicate her life to taking care of a herd of Murray Grey cattle and some Wiltshire Horn sheep. She still shares the farm with all her pets and wild friends.