Farmer Profile

Joshua Bielefeld

Joshua Bielefeld

 Norwin QLD 4356, Australia
South East Queensland, Northern NSW, South East NSW, South East Queensland
 Owner/Directors of Bielefeld Rural Pty Ltd - Agricultural Services Contracting business providing an experienced and efficient agricultural labour solution, in the form of Josh and his mobile workshop, to farms on the Darling Downs. Naomi manages admin/bookkeeping and raises our 3 children aged 5, 3 and 10mo.
 Joshua - Took on Farm Manager position of family farm "Valeview", Clifton QLD from the age of 18, when father suddenly passed away in 2003 when extended family forced sale of property in 2008. Owner/Director of Bielefeld Rural Pty Ltd (formerly JCB Agriculture Pty Ltd) since 2009, contracting agricultural labour to family farms in Clifton, QLD 2009-2011, Dubbo, NSW (2013-2014), Darling Downs QLD (2014-2015, 2017-present). Have gained additional international experience as a farm labourer with wife Naomi for C2 Farms in Provost, Alberta Canada in 2012 (entire cropping season), and helped plant 2019 crop for C2 Farms in April-June 2019 near Regina, Saskatchewan Canada. Dryland Farm manager for Wyadrigah Pastoral Company (2015-2017) for a series of dryland cropping properties totalling 12,000 hectares in Mungindi NSW. Naomi Agricultural Scientist for FSA Consulting Toowoomba (2009-2012) Co-director/owner and manage admin/bookkeeping of Bielefeld Rural Pty Ltd since 2011. Worked alongside Josh for C2 Farms as farm labourer in Provost, Alberta CA (see above) in 2012 and for our contracting business as farm labourer in Dubbo, NSW 2013-14 until first pregnancy. Grew up working on family sheep/cropping farm in Kojonup WA. Holiday jobs to support myself during my university degree (BSc in Agriculture from UWA) included AI technician Genstock, Kojonup; vineyard/olive grove labourer; CBH grain sampler and cashier.
 15-25 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Cropping 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Business Management 3
  • Livestock Mustering 3
  • Human Resources 3
  • Agronomy 3
  • Book Keeping 3
  • Planning 3
  • Fencing 3
  • Accounting 3
  • Animal Husbandry 3
  • Marketing 2
  • Sales 2
  • Orcharding 1
  • Other Farming Skills: Welding/fabrication and mechanical skills

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

We both were heavily involved in our family mixed livestock/cropping farms from which our careers in the Agricultural industry have grown. Josh has gained vast practical hands-on experience in all areas of farming, both as a farm manager of his own family farm and for a large broadacre cropping operation in Mungindi, and a small business owner/operator of our Agricultural services contracting business and as an employee for a large range of family farming businesses in QLD, NSW and Canada (cattle/sheep and broadacre grain/cotton) since gaining his Certificate II & III in Agriculture during high school. This experience is also backed by a Diploma of Rural Business Management (RTE50403) and Diploma of Agriculture (RTE50103) gained in 2011 from the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE and 2009 he completed the RCS FarmingforProfitTM School and a Low Stress Stock Handling School. Naomi completed her BSc in Agricultural Degree (1st class Honours) from the University of WA in 2008. Throughout the duration of her degree she gained additional experience in the agricultural industry through a vast range of holiday jobs including AI technician for sheep, vineyard pruning/olive oil processing, grain sampling for CBH, vacation student for CSIRO livestock department. Upon graduating she moved interstate to work as an Agricultural scientist for FSA Consulting in Toowoomba QLD an agricultural/engineering firm who serviced the intensive livestock industry. Upon marrying Josh, she became involved in assisting with managing a small business and completed her Cert IV in Bookkeeping in 2014. She has gained additional practical broadacre/livestock experience working alongside Josh in Canada and Dubbo before becoming parents where her role has been more supportive in nature (managing bookkeeping/admin and catering etc). During our time as Farm Managers in Mungindi she played a supportive role which included looking after the welfare of permanent/casual staff, assisting Josh in hiring staff, assisting in catering during harvest and vehicle movement logistics/spare parts etc.

Why are you passionate about farming?

Our farming passions were both born from growing up on our respective family farms, working with our families to not only grow crops/beef/sheep and wool but to work hard learning lifelong skills that contributed to our families income. While both of us at the end of the day have not inherited a family farm or gained any financial assistance towards owning our own farm, both of our career choices have been made to grow our skills and knowledge in the Agricultural industry and to position ourselves and our small business to be ready to take on the right opportunity to expand our business to actually be farming our own crops/producing our own livestock. Why do we want to do this? Because we do passionately love this industry and we want to provide not only our own children with the opportunity to learn hands-on skills from their parents in this industry and to assist them in their dreams. But more than that we want the opportunity to actually fully utilise our experience and knowledge to showcase progressive agricultural practice and hopefully generate ground level improvements of management and profitability on other farms. We also passionately want to be able to give an opportunity to at least one other young farming couple who like us, has worked really hard to gain experience but for whatever reason has not inherited a family farming opportunity.

Best days of being a farmer:

Our dream farming opportunity would be based in either south-east Queensland on the Darling Downs or in Northern NSW where there are opportunities to produce summer and winter broadacre crops and would also involve beef cattle/possibly sheep operation either on the same or separate properties. We would love to manage our grain operation with an extensive crop rotation, controlled traffic, minimal tillage, weed management with the main focus on soil water capture and retention and nutrient/microbial health to optimise short and long-term productivity. Ideally we would like to store and market all grain on farm and certainly look for opportunities to value add if possible. Likewise we would manage a livestock operation focusing on soil/improved pasture health and productivity, rotation grazing, low-stress stock handling, good genetics and looking to value add by backgrounding or feedlotting on-farm and marketing own meat. We would involve our children when possible in our operation so they also grow up learning important life skills to not only produce food but to care for animals and the environment and the value of contributing to their family. We would also love to provide suitable on-farm accommodation to enable our extended family and non-farming friends to have a "real" working farm experience and enjoy some R&R with some country hospitality to assist in bridging the gap between farming and non-farming community.