Farmer Profile

Guy Bootes

Guy Bootes

 Nowra NSW 2541, Australia
 New South Wales
West NSW, North East NSW, Northern NSW, South East NSW, Tasmania, North East Vic, South East Vic
 Diving, Fish Farm hand, Mining all sorts
 0-1 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Other livestock 4
  • Goats 4
  • Sheep 4
  • Beef 4
  • Chickens 4
  • Mixed Farming 4
  • Pig Farming 3
  • Viticulture 3
  • Specialty Crops 3
  • Dairy 3
  • Orchard 3
  • Horse Breeding 2
  • Market garden 2
  • Sugar Cane 2
  • Aquaculture 2
  • Cotton 1
  • Rice 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: A farmer willing to share their lifetime of experience and expertise maintaining links to their farm while slowly stepping back and letting a younger less experienced hand learn by doing.

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Business Management 3
  • Livestock Mustering 3
  • Human Resources 3
  • Marketing 3
  • Sales 3
  • Planning 3
  • Animal Husbandry 3
  • Agronomy 2
  • Orcharding 2
  • Book Keeping 2
  • Fencing 2
  • Accounting 2
  • Cropping 2
  • Machinery Operation 2
  • Other Farming Skills: Strong Work Ethic and desire to learn.

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Biodynamic 4
  • Regenerative 4
  • Grass fed 4
  • Organic 3
  • Permaculture 3
  • Conventional 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?

Recently I have mostly focused on reading listening and watching content surrounding regenerative agricultural processes and am considering taking an RCS grazing for profit course. I have a knowledge of Peter Andrews, Allan Savory, Gabe Brown, Joel Salatin and Charles Massey's works in the areas of regenerative agriculture to the extent that has been possible to study between deployments. As far as practical experience and skill sets go I have some experience with animal husbandry gained in my 4 years of study in high school raising caring for and handelling pigs, cows, sheep, chickens and fish, however this was a significant time ago. I have since always enjoyed talking the opportunity to help friends manage/move/dispatch their animals and assist with the up keep of properties in areas such as fencing and basic cultivation. My current employment doesn't allow for significant interaction with agriculture however working in the submarine environment has involved a working knowledge of all systems onboard including but not limited to the basics of hydraulics, high pressure air, and power generation/conversion which would likely prove valuable. I can say that my broad life experience and particularly my military experience has developed my resilance, problem solving and critical thinking enabling me to adapt and overcome most challenges.

Why are you passionate about farming?

My passion and drive to farm is based in a strong desire to raise and work with livestock particularly cattle or sheep. Provide a fantastic life for my young family, allowing them to experience the small town/rural community lifestyle that I grew up with. And take the opportunity to start building them a legacy based on sustainable resource management, improving the infrastructure of the farm and building a strong ties in the local community.

Best days of being a farmer:

Running a mixed farm cattle/sheep and chickens on or near the east coast of Australia ideally near the South Coast of NSW, however anywhere from Tasmania up to Central Queensland with regular rainfall would suit. Starting the morning early by moving the larger animals onto fresh pasture with one of the kids, before heading inside for breakfast. After breakfast taking Larissa, Toby, Ava and Sierra to collect eggs top up feed/water and move the chickens onto pasture that the larger animals were on 3-4 days ago. Returning the kids to the house to start school before starting on setting up the next grazing rotation area, electric fencing and water. Conducting any mantainance, repairs or improvements required on any plant/machinery or infrastructure. Checking on the condition of the paddocks and making mental notes of any areas of the grazing plan that may need to be adjusted. Having lunch before starting on any work required in the home and garden area or heading over to help a mate with a big job. Once kids have finished school get their help cleaning/sizing and packaging the eggs before taking them down to the creek to swim/fish. Checking on the animals on the way back up to the house before dinner(maybe down at a local pub or event to catch u with friends). Once the kids are ready for bed sitting down and do the required paperwork such as orders sales marketing and general planing for the days/weeks/months ahead. Relaxing and enjoying some time with Larissa before heading off to bed ready to start it all again tomorrow.