Farmer Profile

Chris Russell

Chris Russell

 Beechworth VIC 3747, Australia
 Victoria
Riverina, North East Vic, North West Vic
 Retired
 Teacher; Nurseryman
 4-6 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Livestock Mustering 2
  • Cropping 2
  • Animal Husbandry 2
  • Orcharding 2
  • Business Management 1
  • Human Resources 1
  • Marketing 1
  • Sales 1
  • Machinery Operation 1
  • Planning 1
  • Fencing 1
  • Accounting 1
  • Agronomy 1
  • Book Keeping 1
  • Other Farming Skills: None

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I am a hobby farmer. I have some sheep (English Leicester) agisted with a local farmer who I assist as required: husbandry, shearing, maintenance jobs etc.

Why are you passionate about farming?

I am passionate about farming as being possibly a new way of life in retirement. I have had a small flock of English Leicester sheep since 2016. I enjoy being in the outdoors, and with the sheep, more than any other work that I have done previously viz. school teaching and gardening. I would like to spend the rest of my life living in a rural community, and farming.

Best days of being a farmer:

A dream farm for me would be in Northern Victoria: sheep, organic, up to 100 acres. On the best days, I am learning how to manage sheep, and getting whatever work experience is available. Ideally I would have support of an experienced party who may be willing and able to advise if necessary.