Farmer Profile

Simon van der Craats

Simon van der Craats

 Korumburra VIC 3950, Australia
 Victoria
South East Vic
 Personal trainer(Gym closed due to Covid 19), Seasonal Calf Buying on farms, Casual (Tue/Thu/Sat) Tanker Driver with Heavy Combination Licence, Leasing 25 Acres with 21 Calves and Yearlings Heifers
 Apprentice Market Gardener, Security Guard, Australian Defence Force, Relief Milker,
 6-10 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Livestock Mustering 3
  • Fencing 3
  • Animal Husbandry 3
  • Agronomy 2
  • Cropping 2
  • Business Management 1
  • Human Resources 1
  • Marketing 1
  • Sales 1
  • Orcharding 1
  • Book Keeping 1
  • Planning 1
  • Accounting 1
  • Other Farming Skills: Heavy Combination Licence

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Lease
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I lease 5 acres where I have 10 chickens, 4 Sheep, 2 cows with 2 calves each. I am leasing 25 acres where I raise 23 head of beef using mob grazing methods. I have a few years experience with pastured poultry raising 100 meat chickens per month using chicken tractors. I have a few years tractor experience raking hay for baling

Why are you passionate about farming?

I want to feed my family and friends real food grown locally, little to no antibiotics where possible for healthy livestock buy and sell local food with minimal food miles

Best days of being a farmer:

live in South Gippsland, own a farm that is near a state park, raise organic grass fed beef, pork, sheep, chickens ducks and turkeys also have 1/4 acre of market garden, value add on farm to provide all direct to CSA members