Farmer Profile

Tim Carroll

Tim Carroll

 Orange NSW 2800, Australia
 New South Wales
West NSW
 Agribusiness Manager, Farmer, Farm Contractor,
 Environmental Officer for NSW dept. primary industries
 15-25 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Sheep 4
  • Beef 4
  • Broad Acre Cropping 3
  • Goats 2
  • Market garden 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Chickens 1
  • Specialty Crops 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Business Management 4
  • Livestock Mustering 4
  • Human Resources 4
  • Marketing 4
  • Planning 4
  • Fencing 4
  • Animal Husbandry 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Sales 3
  • Agronomy 3
  • Book Keeping 3
  • Accounting 3
  • Cropping 3
  • Orcharding 1
  • Other Farming Skills: None

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Conventional 4
  • Biodynamic 4
  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Urban 1
  • Organic 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 have been working on farms since I left school in 2002 and grew up on a family farm that was dissolved through succession planning. I joined NSW Farmers association to get a better understanding of policy that drives government decisions on young farmers in NSW. I was elected the chairman of the young farmer council in 2014 and was the key person to instigate the young farmer round table meeting in 2015 which saw the startup of the Young Farmer Business Program, run by the department of primary industries to help young farmers with their bank and business skills. I have completed a Bachelor Farm Management through the university of Sydney and continue to attend progressive agricultural field days on regenerative and sustainable agricultural practices. I was fortunate enough to be offered the opportunity of a Nuffield scholarship in 2017 however due to financial and employment reasons I had to regretfully delay the acceptance of this prestigious opportunity.

Why are you passionate about farming?

I believe farming is a very honourable profession that allows us to give back to society in a positive contribution. The ability to learn a vast array of skills and to have the opportunity to utilise them on a daily basis as managers of plants and livestock and custodians of land for future generations is something that has always given me great satisfaction. I believe that we should hand over to each new generation in better condition than when we received. The knowledge that we are contributing to feeding the world with the best available produce is something I thoroughly enjoy and the fact that we have a daily connection with nature makes it all worth while.

Best days of being a farmer:

Every day is the best day in farming I believe. No two days are the same. My dream farm is in central/western NSW where i was born and raised. I love the beauty of vast openness as well as the rolling hills and undulation of the slopes and tablelands. I would love to grow a beautiful tree lined driveway of cherry blossoms to see the parrots feed on during the spring flowering. To have a mix of native pastures and woodlands for biodiversity and habitat as well as a productive improved pasture stand with rotational cropping to minimise weed infestation as well as increase soil carbon for biology, microorganisans and water holding capacity. Ideally a small backyard aquaponic setup would be also tended to during the day to ensure we can grow the purest source of clean food for ourselves as well as offering the scraps to our already owned chickens that produce fresh eggs each day. A small greenhouse is another passion i would pursue to propagate seedlings for planting into diversity plots, along creeks for bank and erosion stability as well as livestock windbreaks. A mixed farming enterprise where we can manage both sheep and cattle trading and breeding enterprises through time controlled grazing. The trading enterprises would be used to manage cash flow and allow for the build up of good quality breeding females with desirable genetics for growth rates, temperement and ability. The setup of an intensive feeding area for economic returns on terminal progeny would also see poorer country being utilised to is maximum capability and allow for the production of waste material to be spread across pastures. Infrastructure development and maintenance is important, including laneways, water, fodder and grain storage as well as safe and practical yards and fences for ease of management. All things that take time to acquire however save time and money when implemented. A property that is safe and easy to manage is a productive and viable property.