Farmer Profile

Simon Hartwich

Simon Hartwich

 Holbrook NSW 2644, Australia
 2
 New South Wales
South East NSW, North East Vic
 Farm overseer, on 3500acre Merino and Angus operation east of Holbrook.
 Property overseer, cattle operation at Kyeamba. Livestock overseer, prime lamb and cattle operation at Collingullie west of Wagga Wagga. Livestock technical officer DPI Victoria, Hamilton. Assistant manager, merino and cattle operation, Hamilton.
 15-25 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Livestock Mustering 4
  • Animal Husbandry 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Fencing 4
  • Cropping 3
  • Marketing 3
  • Sales 3
  • Planning 3
  • Agronomy 3
  • Business Management 2
  • Human Resources 2
  • Accounting 2
  • Book Keeping 2
  • Orcharding 1
  • Other Farming Skills: None

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Conventional 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Regenerative 3
  • Organic 2
  • Biodynamic 2
  • Urban 1
  • Permaculture 1
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

None

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I've been working on farms since I left school. Completing my farming trades apprenticeship then working on a range of farming operations across Victoria and southern NSW. Most of the operations included livestock, either sheep and cattle or just cattle, some also included cropping on small and large scale. I have also worked with stud sheep, cattle trading and irrigation. My wife has a PhD in animal physiology and is currently working as a university academic.

Why are you passionate about farming?

It's all I've ever wanted to do! There's nothing better than knowing your supplying the best possible product so that people all over the world can be clothed and fed. Yes it can be hard, unforgiving work but there are certainly moments throughout that make it all worth while.

Best days of being a farmer:

A nice mix of fertile flats and rolling hills with tree lined creeks. Running merinos or dohnes for wool and some lambs, beef cattle and maybe some farm forestry. My best day would be in late spring the weather is starting to warm up and I'm rotating to new paddocks fat ewes with lambs at foot and cows with cheeky calves. Then spending time with my wife and two boys.