Farmer Profile

Greg Ricketts

Greg Ricketts

 Ipswich QLD 4305, Australia
North East NSW, Northern NSW, North East Vic
 Project Manager Defence in the Defence industry
 I grew up on a ~4500 acre mixed farm in SA in a family line of farmers where all the basics of farming were established from sheep husbandry, mustering, shearing, to seeding cereal crops, spraying, harvesting, etc. My family sold out and bought into Market Gardens in WA when I was in my late teens through to my mid twenties. During that time I engaged with Perth Metro Markets directly for our produce. Irrigation, production targets and pest and disease control skills were all learned Working on a Brahman Stud as a farm hand in North QLD through my later twenties gave me valuable experience with cattle. Now educated as a professional Aerospace Engineer, currently the Project Manager of a multi-million dollar defence project.
 10-15 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Sheep 4
  • Market garden 3
  • Other livestock 3
  • Goats 3
  • Beef 3
  • Viticulture 3
  • Chickens 3
  • Specialty Crops 3
  • Broad Acre Cropping 3
  • Dairy 2
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Pig Farming 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Mixed Farming 1
  • Orchard 1
  • Rice 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Livestock Mustering 4
  • Fencing 4
  • Human Resources 3
  • Orcharding 3
  • Book Keeping 3
  • Accounting 3
  • Animal Husbandry 3
  • Machinery Operation 3
  • Business Management 2
  • Marketing 2
  • Sales 2
  • Agronomy 2
  • Planning 2
  • Cropping 2
  • Other Farming Skills: None

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Permaculture 4
  • Organic 3
  • Biodynamic 3
  • Urban 2
  • Conventional 2
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

House sold after comprehensive renovations and now mobile and ready to move where an opportunity exists.

Why are you passionate about farming?

Apart from the freedom, freshness, variety, choice, proven├žal and destiny, hearing the baa of hundreds of sheep. Having grown up on mixed farms (sheep/grain) I wish to return to that environment.

Best days of being a farmer:

I'm not quite sure where my dream farm should be, but I'm considering around the Greater Orange region. It could however, also be New England or even something in Tasmania or around Port Macquarie with the right mix of animals. Ideally, I'm looking for a self-replacing sheep grazing enterprise as the base with as much direct marketing as possible after initial establishment. First preference is Dorpers, second preference is Dohne's and producing first cross ewes (as I appreciate not all farmers are fans of shedding breeds). Once under control, this could be supplemented (assessed according to the property and farmer arrangement) by Galloway or Speckle Park cattle at some later stage. I'm not really ruling anything out just yet simply because of the number of unknown limitations or constraints I might face. I would also consider this as part of a mixed farm scenario, either with or alongside the retiring farmer.