FARMER TO FARMER

North East & Goulburn Murray Farmer - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Newn­ham

Give our read­ers a quick snap­shot of your farm in Kyabram.

Our farm is sit­u­ated in the Kyabram and sur­round­ing ar­eas and con­sists of 950 acres we own and 1110 acres we lease.

We milk 850 cows and pro­duce wheat and vetch silage and lucerne, bar­ley and corn for feed­ing the herd in a freestall barn.

How long have you been a farmer?

I’ve farmed since I was two years old and helped run our farm­ing en­ter­prise with my Dad and Mum. We are fifth gen­er­a­tion farm­ers.

Tell us about your fam­ily.

My fam­ily is made up of my Dad, An­drew, my Mum, Julie and my 14 year-old sis­ter, Chloe.

I have my Nan and Pop, Julie and Stan, and Aunt Ker­rie and Un­cle Ro­han all close by who help out in some way on the farm.

Best ad­vice or farm­ing tip you have re­ceived?

Do one task at a time and “Dad’s al­ways right.”

De­scribe your per­fect day?

It is 20 to 22 de­grees, no flies; cows walk onto a lush an­nual rye­grass pad­dock and over­flow the vat that night.

What is the best thing about be­ing a farmer?

The free­dom of dif­fer­ent op­por­tu­ni­ties to ex­pe­ri­ence ev­ery day.

What is the worst thing about be­ing a farmer?

Drought.

If you could be some­one else for the day, who would it be and why?

My Dad, so I can boss ev­ery­one else around.

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