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.
As a first time author writing the story was the easy part, finding a publisher was daunting. Fate was on my side when I picked up a Reader's Digest and saw an advertisement for Sid Harta publishing. I rang Kerry Collison and he was very helpful, happy to explain the publishing process to a novice. The two people who did the actual editing, proofreading and putting together of the book with pictures etc were also extremely helpful, as my computer skills were rudimentary at best, and I often needed detailed explanation as to how to go about doing something.
I was more than thrilled with the finished product, and the professionalism and genuine niceness of all the people I dealt with. I cannot recommend Sid Harta highly enough.
Joanne Le Maitre."