Farmer Profile

Byron Hubbard

Byron Hubbard

 Murrurundi NSW 2338, Australia
 New South Wales
North East NSW, Northern NSW
 Farm Management, trading cattle
 Farm management, accounting
 25+ Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Beef 4
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Market garden 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Pig Farming 1
  • Goats 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Sheep 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Chickens 1
  • Specialty Crops 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Mixed Farming 1
  • Orchard 1
  • Rice 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 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
  • Book Keeping 4
  • Planning 4
  • Fencing 4
  • Accounting 4
  • Cropping 4
  • Animal Husbandry 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Sales 3
  • Agronomy 3
  • Orcharding 1
  • Other Farming Skills: None

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Organic 2
  • Biodynamic 2
  • Permaculture 2
  • Urban 1
  • Conventional 1
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Lease
  • Share Farm

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

We are a young family and have operated a cattle breeding and trading operation for over 15 years. Through this time our combined skills have successfully navigated seasonal and commercial market variations to build a steadily growing business. Our main management priorities within our business are cattle health and wellbeing as well as regenerating soil and water ecosystems. We are committed to running a profitable enterprise while improving the health of the landscape we manage. We have operated our business off our own property and through lease and agistment opportunities. We enjoy working with land owners to meet their land health goals. Professionally, Byron's current role (commenced 2010) as General Manager of 8,000ha multi-property beef enterprise with six staff in extremely hilly terrain involving regenerative mob grazing and holistic style management systems. He has been in professional management of rural properties for over 18 years. Fiona's employment history involves extensive experience as a management accountant in the agricultural sector. She is currently responsible for the day to day management of cattle and land associated with the BG & FE Hubbard partnership. Relevant recent courses we have both completed - RCS Grazing For Profit & KLR marketing. We are constantly seeking new information and developing our understanding of profitable cattle management while seeking to regenerate soil and water ecosystems.

Why are you passionate about farming?

We are passionate about running a business that is profitable and at the same time improves soil and water ecosystem outcomes. This zone is an exciting place to be. We are forward moving and enthusiastic about what we do. Navigating this space is what drives us. Through our cattle trading operation, we focus on regenerative principles of land management and have successfully implemented these principles to improve soil health and develop productive bio-diverse pasture. Strategies we use to achieve this are summarised as follows: • We maintain 100% ground cover at all times. • Cover crops are used to increase pasture species and biomass. • Livestock are grazed in high stock densities for short periods of time to allow pasture to recover. • We maintain 3 months of grazing in front of our animals. Cattle numbers are adjusted accordingly. Through the implementation of these principles, we have developed a business model that supports the natural environment while improving land productivity. We have successfully negotiated drought conditions by reducing stock numbers as our pasture bank diminished thereby protecting our soil asset and reducing financial burden. Our commercial viability is integrated into our land management practices as we constantly assess livestock held to match these livestock to available pasture. Our focus is to purchase a class of livestock with a plan to meet a certain market with the pasture presented to us. As the market and season alters we reassess our commercial interests.

Best days of being a farmer:

We would like to operate our cattle operation within the Central North district of NSW ideally within the Upper Hunter, Liverpool Plains, Tamworth regions. Our best days are spent mustering sale ready cattle with our two sons and having a picnic lunch. Surrounding us is an ecosystem that is healthy because of our land practices.