Farmer Profile

Thomas Macleay

Thomas Macleay

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 New South Wales
All Areas
 Mixed Farm Agronomist
 Jackeroo, Contractor & Farm Hand
 4-6 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Livestock Mustering 4
  • Human Resources 4
  • Sales 4
  • Agronomy 4
  • Planning 4
  • Animal Husbandry 4
  • Business Management 3
  • Marketing 3
  • Fencing 3
  • Cropping 3
  • Machinery Operation 3
  • Book Keeping 2
  • Accounting 2
  • 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:

  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

Over the past 6 years have been managing the family farm as a mixed enterprise operation. Main focus has been on increasing sustainability using perennial pastures and filling feed gaps through improving country using annual fodder crops for hay and grazing. Have been working as a mixed farm Agronomist for the last 2 and a half years in Central West NSW and have expanded my skills through create drought plans (water use efficiency in crop system & animal systems) , designing confinement/feedlots & variety selections at time of sowing to try and get the best achievable results during tough on farm periods. Worked for numerous types of farm enterprises (Dairy, cropping, livestock & retail agribusiness) to broaden my understanding of the Australian agricultural landscape and supply chains. Has helped create a practical and advanced understanding of what needs to be improvements so that during periods of rainfall plans are in place to stay viable, sustainable & profitable.

Why are you passionate about farming?

The passion derives from creating an environment that you have modified in a positive way. The drive i personally have to create a farming eco-system that is productive and sustainable through the use of old and new ways of producing is a major passion and goal. Having the ability to improve the landscape to create food and fiber for domestic or international use has a certain amount of pride and passion to ensure the product that is being produced is of the highest standard.

Best days of being a farmer:

My dream farm is one that has the ability to be productive and sustainable over a long period of time that is secured with good water (bores or river) and has a the potential to be improved into a highly successful business. The farm needs to have a focused and direct business plan with a specific market for the/those (Protein/Fibre/Grains) commodity to be sold to, ensuring that a premium price is made. In saying that flexibility (mixed farm) also needs to be designed within the farm to be able to ride the highs and the lows of commodity movements and season failures do too weather being too wet or dry. On the best days farming and managing production is a rewarding exercise. Creating a plan and it working is the best day that can be had, from shearing going well to growing a successful pasture/crop. When it pays off and the hard work is done for the day it makes it worth while.