. . . AND IT’S NOT A BAD URN, EI­THER

The Courier-Mail - Career One - - Job Focus -

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.”

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