Farm Opportunities Sought:
What have you been doing to get farm ready?
We have always lived on the land, and our families before us. We have our own extensive supply tools & equipment and property maintenance skills to be autonomous in all maintenance, including 4-wheelers, motorbikes, livestock truck, ute, trailer, working horses, working dogs.... Very interested in (and grew up very aware of) the importance of the restorative process of management of the land, leaving wildlife corridors, preserving vegetation to prevent erosion. We have an accumulation of over 40 years experience in rural industry, namely beef, livestock management, animal husbandry, trading cattle, breeding cows & calves, managing paddocks, grass, waters, setting up irrigation for hay production, building dams etc. Continually improving business strategies, and have a good business & accounting professional support network. We plan to continue learning, asking questions, gaining knowledge and keeping up to date with the constant changes in the evolving rural beef industry. We are able to handle 1000+ head of cattle, just using our own family resources (skills, horses, dogs) to move and manage cattle using low stress methods, to enable cell grazing.
Why are you passionate about farming?
Have an innate desire to work on the land, with livestock, and to have our children be fortunate enough to be custodians too. Our passion is working with horses, dogs, cattle, sheep to make a living, a future with Australian beef, be Australian owned, to create a future on the land for Australia. We desire to make a profitable venture to enable us to live on the land and be supported by it. Importantly, we hope to be able to 'give back' to people struggling with social or mental difficulties through the gaining of trust and building of relationships with animals such as dogs and horses.
Best days of being a farmer:
On the best day, together as a family, using our working horses and working dogs, we would be handling our livestock carefully and in a low stress manner. Ideally, to be running 1000+ santa gertrudis/angus/ultra black cows and calves on a Central Queensland-located property that has water security (water-allocation/bores, rivers, dams), is diverse (improved or have potential to be developed and gain value), to be able to support our family. For it to be not cleared, to enable vegetation and wildlife corridors, and to have potential for carbon credits. To be able to self sufficiently run and manage cattle movement through use of our own working dogs and horses and equipment in a low stress manner. Be able to breed/train working stock for sale. Grow organic grass fed quality beef. Be able to drought-proof the property through the use of controlling stocking rates/cell grazing and irrigation of improved pastures. Take care of vegetation and waterways. Be within and part of a community that is supportive both economically and socially.