Elaine has farming interests of a 300ha family farm in Otautau, Southland. She lives in the Waikato with her three daughters.
Elaine and her late husband took the traditional progression through the industry from wages to farm ownership. Sharemilking in the Waikato before shifting to Southland in 2000 to grow their sharemilking business and purchase their dairy farm. Together they won the New Zealand Sharemilker of the Year title in 2006.
Elaine is currently a Director of NZ Young Farmers and Southern Dairy Hub.