Ursula, 32, hails from the small Manawatu farming community of Glen Oroua. She attained a Bachelor in Veterinary Science at Massey University, and moved to Waikato as a graduate. She now works at the Tirau Vet Centre.
She and Mark met at a rowing championship in Cambridge, where they laughingly admit it was love at first sight.
“Ursula was working in Tirau but there weren’t many boys there, so she latched on to me pretty quickly,” Mark jokes.
Mark, an agribusiness manager at ANZ Hamilton, knew they were onto a winner with Ursula’s invention.
“The existing feeders had been around for a while, so there was a real opportunity to come up with something kinder and safer,” he said.
As for the future - the pair plan to grow Antahi in New Zealand, then take their innovation worldwide. With interest already coming in from Australia and further afield, it will be only a matter of time before calves everywhere can breathe - and feed - easy.
Kathryn Boyde is a contributing editor at BlueNotes