OUR FARM­ERS SHOW­ING THEM HOW IT’S DONE

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

OVER­SEAS farm­ers fac­ing harsh en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions are seek­ing help from their coun­ter­parts in Queens­land, who are used to work­ing with cli­mate ex­tremes.

“With all this cli­mate change buzz, in­ter­na­tional farm­ers are look­ing to Aus­tralia to see what we are do­ing,’’ says Bron­wyn Roberts, a fifth­gen­er­a­tion beef farmer in the Cen­tral Queens­land city of Emer­ald.

“We have such a nat­u­rally vari­able cli­mate any­way, so we have other grass-fed beef coun­tries like Ar­gentina and Brazil who come here and see what we do to pro­duce cat­tle in such a vari­able cli­mate. It’s some­thing our farm­ers have al­ways had to do.”

Wean­ing sea­son is start­ing early this year be­cause of the dry weather and Roberts has found a nat­u­ral skill in help­ing young calves adapt to hu­man con­tact and move from be­ing milk-fed to grass-fed.

“I get at­tached to them be­cause I’m a big sook. I’m too soft to be a farmer all the time,” she says. Dur­ing the week, Roberts trav­els |the coun­try­side as a graz­ing land man­age­ment of­fi­cer with the Fitzroy Basin As­so­ci­a­tion.

She was also named a Young Farm­ing Cham­pion un­der the Art4A­gri­cul­ture ini­tia­tive to in­tro­duce Aus­tralians to the farm­ers who feed them. “You’ve got to be in it for the life­style,’’ she says of work­ing in agri­cul­ture.

“Go to the lo­cal post of­fice or live­stock agency. There are on­line jobs boards too. If you look at the fact that you get ac­com­mo­da­tion, fuel, vir­tu­ally no ex­penses on the farm, it’s a job that of­fers so much.”

THE HIGH­EST QUAL­I­FI­CA­TION HELD BY MOST AGRI­CUL­TURE WORK­ERS (64 PER CENT) IS THE HIGH

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