From study to work on farm

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Ag Life -

Dooen farmer Scott Johns has been busy pre­par­ing for the ap­proach­ing sea­son and like many farm­ing en­ter­prises across the re­gion em­ploys help to get the job done.

Lon­gerenong Col­lege grad­u­ate Ryan Ches­sum from Co­bram is among peo­ple in the Wim­mera’s agri­cul­tural work­force, hav­ing been em­ployed on Mr Johns’ farm for the past two years.

Mr Johns said he had met Mr Ches­sum, a schol­ar­ship win­ner, at a Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion grains conference in Hor­sham.

“He was do­ing his cer­tifi­cate course at Longy at the time and af­ter the conference din­ner he was cruis­ing the ta­bles and sat down next to me,” he said.

“Se­cond-year stu­dents usu­ally do work place­ment and I asked if he would like to come and help me put the crop in.

“He did the eight-week place­ment and later that year, in re­sponse to the ex­pec­ta­tion that I might get busier, I asked if he would like to come on full time.

“So Ryan’s been work­ing with me now for two years and is nicely at­tached in the com­mu­nity.”

Mr Johns said Mr Ches­sum’s dog Leia was a lucky es­capee in a tangle with a trac­tor, which had sadly cost an­other dog its life.

“We thought Leia was right and didn’t get in­jured but she went lame and af­ter a cou­ple of vis­its to the vet the di­ag­no­sis was that the limb wasn’t re­cov­er­able,” he said.

“But she’s re­cov­ered and she re­mains a good lit­tle dog.”

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