OUR FARMERS SHOWING THEM HOW IT’S DONE
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