BI­OL­O­GIST AND FARMER CON­TIN­UES FAM­ILY SUC­CESS ON THE LAND

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CAS­TROL RX SU­PER has pro­tected Aus­tralian liveli­hoods for more than 35 years. This year, in­spired by a cus­tomer’s en­gine which ran for more than 2.5 mil­lion kilo­me­tres, solely ser­viced us­ing Cas­trol RX Su­per, we’re telling the sto­ries of the peo­ple that have made the oil brand the choice of pro­tec­tion for truck driv­ers, fleet own­ers and farm­ers alike.

WAL­TER FARM­ING (AH & GM WAL­TER PTY LTD)

An­drew Wal­ter rep­re­sents a new gen­er­a­tion of farmer, with old fash­ioned val­ues in­stilled in him from his mum and dad. He is very well ed­u­cated, hold­ing a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence (Hons) from Univer­sity of Mel­bourne and a PhD in Plant Molec­u­lar Breed­ing from the Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity. He has been on mul­ti­ple Gov­ern­ment Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tees and con­sults and has con­sulted for var­i­ous state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments, re­search com­pa­nies, agri­cul­tural cor­po­ra­tions and the United Na­tions.

It is with his strong aca­demic back­ground and up­bring­ing we can see how An­drew forged suc­cess in his life and on the land. It’s this pass­ing down of the Wal­ter legacy from his late fa­ther Alan, where An­drew sees a lot of his fa­ther’s teach­ing re­flected in his own unique ap­proach.

FAM­ILY FORGED

From a young age, it was clear the in­flu­ence Alan and Gla­dys had on nur­tur­ing An­drew’s pas­sion for the farm and his in­her­ent thirst for knowl­edge. Alan in­stilled in him that he could not com­pro­mise his home­work for farm work.

The turn­ing point for An­drew was when he got a schol­ar­ship through Ro­tary to go to the Na­tional Sci­ence Sum­mer School. It was here he saw the op­por­tu­nity in sci­ence, ge­netic en­gi­neer­ing, and in par­tic­u­lar how it could be ap­plied in agri­cul­ture.

In 1992, he be­came the coach for the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Bi­ol­ogy Olympiad team. Un­der sim­i­lar aus­pices as the Sum­mer Olympics’ ath­let­ics, the In­ter­na­tional Bi­ol­ogy Olympiad is held ev­ery year for high school stu­dents and is re­garded as the ‘Olympic Games for Bi­ol­ogy’. With An­drew in the lead, Aus­tralia made its de­but in Cze­choslo­vakia and went onto great suc­cess the year af­ter in the Nether­lands. No one is prouder than Gla­dys of An­drew’s ten­ure on the team, hav­ing en­shrined An­drew’s Olympic his­tory by fram­ing his 14 blazer badges of each year of his par­tic­i­pa­tion.

From di­vid­ing his time be­tween the farm and trav­el­ling the world through his agri­cul­tural con­sul­tancy busi­ness, what does the fu­ture hold for An­drew Wal­ter? An­drew is hap­pily sin­gle, say­ing he “hasn’t been caught just yet; he is too hot and too fast to set­tle down”. He con­tin­ues to get of­fers to go on Chan­nel Nine’s A Farmer Wants a

Wife with ev­ery new sea­son and hasn’t ruled out go­ing on it just yet!

“From a young age, it was clear the in­flu­ence Alan and Gla­dys had on nur­tur­ing An­drew’s pas­sion for the farm and his in­her­ent thirst for knowl­edge.”

Gla­dys and An­drew Wal­ter of Wal­ter Farm­ing

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