. . . AND IT’S NOT A BAD URN, EITHER
DAIRY cattle farming is one of only two agricultural sectors to statistically record jobs growth in the past 10 years.
ABS figures show there were 2900 more dairy farmers than the 20,000 farming in 2004, a growth rate of 15 per cent. Dairy farmer Aaron Crole, 30, first worked on his parents’ farm, then moved to share-farm his grandparents’ 137ha property next door.
He was never pushed into working on the farm but it was a natural choice because his wife Casey also grew up on a dairy farm. “It’s the country life everyone dreams of. We know what it’s about and we want to bring our kids up the same way,” he says.
Crole says dairy farming presents a good challenge. “Every year is different, that’s part of the challenge that keeps it interesting,” he says
But it can be tough for young people to get the money to buy a farm outright. He currently has a one-third share in his farm and hopes to buy cows to move up to a 50/50 share in the next 18 months.
“You’ve got to crawl before you walk . . . it won’t happen overnight,” he says.
“Every year is different, that’s part
of the challenge that keeps it interesting.”