Farmer Profile

Quin Plozza

Quin Plozza

 Geraldton WA, Australia
 Western Australia
Perth, Southern WA, North WA
 Lease 10,000 acres & run Merino & Dorper sheep/Offshore Oil & Gas Operator
 Farmer, Shearer, Mining, Oil & Gas shift operator/Supervisor
 25+ Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Sheep 4
  • Mixed Farming 4
  • Broad Acre Cropping 4
  • Other livestock 3
  • Goats 3
  • Beef 3
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Market garden 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Pig Farming 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Chickens 1
  • Specialty Crops 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Orchard 1
  • Rice 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: Sheep, lamb red meat, wool, cropping.

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Livestock Mustering 4
  • Human Resources 4
  • Agronomy 4
  • Planning 4
  • Fencing 4
  • Cropping 4
  • Animal Husbandry 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Business Management 3
  • Marketing 3
  • Sales 3
  • Book Keeping 3
  • Accounting 3
  • Orcharding 1
  • Other Farming Skills: Apart from sheep and grain farming I work offshore in oil&gas to support my family and business. I’ve got many skills managing people and projects.

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Conventional 4
  • Organic 4
  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Biodynamic 3
  • Urban 1
  • Permaculture 1
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I lease 10,000 acres and run fine wool Merinos and Dorper meat sheep producing fat lambs and fine wool. I grew up on a family owned sheep farm, growing wool and hay. Dad had to sell but my uncle still has part of the farm. My cousins run sheep on it, so farming is still a big connection. I kept in the farming industry working on broad acre wheat farms and shearing in the season. I then got into mining as a fixed plant operator and then oil & gas. I progressed into a senior role and then a supervisor. I now work offshore on Shell's liquid natural gas facility on a even time 3 week on 3 week off roster. On my 3 weeks off on R&R I have a merino sheep farming business that I run 1500 breeding ewes on Lease land. Family look after the sheep and keep me informed with what's happening with my sheep farming for the 3 weeks I'm working away on the rigs.

Why are you passionate about farming?

My passion is sheep farming. I was doing a bit of work for a farmer and he had the highest quality fine wool and lambs I have ever seen, in all the years l have worked in shearing sheds. This sparked a renewed passion of old in me. I thought this is what I want to do, to produce this high quality product. In the last few years I have been working towards that goal. In 2018 I was in a position to buy the sheep but not the land. So I bought 900 ewes & 800 lambs and leased a sheep farm to run them on. In those few years I’ve paid off the sheep by producing 75 bales of wool and selling the first 800 lambs for over double the price. I also sold the weather portion of the last 3 years lamb drop and increased ewe numbers to 1500. I’m now looking at switching out of wool into a new shedding no-wool breed as lamb meat production is a more profitable stable market. My plan is to increase numbers to 3000 ewes. Lamb meat is $8.00kg, 3000 lambs would equate to approximately $480,000 depending on sale weight & price at the time. That is on 100% lambing and the no wool sheep regularly lamb at 140%. Costs to produce sucker lambs is not a huge input, even supplement feeding to finish. I’m now looking for a farm to buy into over time or lease/buy or share farm arrangement. As the lease. This sheep grazing idea may work in quite well with broad acre cropping rotations. The sheep eat the green weeds cutting down the volume of chemical sprays needed in the summer to knock down all those summer weeds. Also before seeding the sheep eat the weeds cutting sprays needed. After harvest they eat the stubbles. This is a proven and successful method to cut costs and run sheep and crop on a rotational basis. If I find a farmer that is willing to take me on, I would give up my offshore oil & gas job and commit full time to farming.

Best days of being a farmer:

My wife and I have four sons and one daughter so Ideally my dream would be to own a property in the mid west WA where our kids grew up and could have the chance to get a rural upbringing. But I’m open to any other areas. Somewhere I could have a balanced approach to farming. Using sheep and plant crops that enhance the soil. To be able to produce fine wool and fat lambs of the highest quality and to do all the work together as a family. That would be a great day.