"THE agency game has changed a lot over the years and people are more open to women in the industry," Elders Albury, NSW, territory sales manager Kirsty Taylor says.
"You don't want to be recognised as a female within the industry, but more as a good, honest agent."
Ms Taylor is a familiar face these days around the Barnawartha saleyards in northern Victoria, but her eight years working as a stock and station agent with Elders have taken her to all parts of the country.
From loading export boats out of Darwin, NT, and Townsville, Qld, to selecting sheep around Mildura and Broken Hill, NSW, to searching for heifers out of Bega, NSW, the 29-year-old has seen her fair share of rural Australia.
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Supported by a growing client base across both sides of the Murray River, Ms Taylor is touted as one of the next natural leader within Elders, known for her can-do approach and understanding of the livestock game.
"I think I've always loved the industry," she said.
"My grandfather had a farm when I was in primary school and I really enjoyed visiting it.
"They were sold up pretty early but I guess that was the start."
With a bright outlook for the industry, Ms Taylor said there had never been a better time for women to join the stock and station agency sector.
"Times are quickly changing and for the better," she said.
"Don't be afraid to have a go.
"Do the best that you can and be good at your job and you will continue to succeed."