Young guns at front

The Western Star - - News | Rural - Elouise Quin­li­van

SAM Mar­wood is a farm­ing in­dus­try matchmaker and while there’s no swip­ing in­volved, he knows how to bring the right peo­ple to­gether.

The en­tre­pre­neur saw an emerg­ing prob­lem in the farm­ing in­dus­try to solve. Re­tir­ing farm­ers were sell­ing off vast amounts of prop­erty and tak­ing with them a gen­er­a­tion of un­der­stand­ing of the land.

This was hap­pen­ing at the same time young as­pir­ing farm­ers were strug­gling to find their foot­ing, cap­i­tal and knowl­edge to be­gin their on-farm en­ter­prises.

Mr Mar­wood used his back­ground in en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence and gov­ern­ment pol­icy to launch Cul­ti­vate Farms.

One of the many suc­cess sto­ries is Free­land Pork’s Claire Coates.

In 2015 on her re­turn to Vic­to­ria, she be­gan work­ing on plans to es­tab­lish a free-range pork pro­duc­tion busi­ness on leased coun­try. Two years later she was in­volved in the first Cul­ti­va­tor Pro­gram with Mr Mar­wood.

To­gether with her hus­band, they were backed by an in­vestor to re­launch, grow and sus­tain their freerange re­gen­er­a­tive farm­ing model on a new farm.

Mr Mar­wood and Mrs Coates are shar­ing their sto­ries at this year’s two-day Young Beef Pro­duc­ers’ Fo­rum.

Event co-or­di­na­tor Tim Emery said the con­fer­ence was set to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for un­der 40s with an in­ter­est in the beef in­dus­try.

“The event is co-or­di­nated through the Fu­ture Farm­ers Net­work and this year’s theme is ‘Back Your­self. Back Your In­dus­try’,” he said.

“Now in its 15th year, the event will equip young beef pro­duc­ers to make a dif­fer­ence in all as­pects of their lives, in­clud­ing on-farm, off-farm, fam­ily, per­sonal and busi­ness­re­lated ar­eas.”

The event is de­signed for the next gen­er­a­tion of pro­duc­ers to hear from ex­perts in the in­dus­try as well as disruptors and new prac­tices, high­light­ing suc­cesses and chal­lenges.

Along with Free­land Pork and Cul­ti­vate Farms, at­ten­dees will hear from 21-year-old Cal­lan Da­ley, who grew up on a beef breed­ing op­er­a­tion 100km north­west of Lon­greach and later spent a gap year on a mixed crop­ping and cat­tle prop­erty out­side Goondi­windi.

Tick­ets are $150 for Fu­ture Farm­ers Net­work mem­bers for the full event or $50 for one-day regis­tra­tion. For non-mem­bers, tick­ets are $175 or $75 for one day.

Visit www.ybpf.com.au.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IDEAS: Sam Mar­wood will be one of the guest speak­ers at this year’s Young Beef Pro­duc­ers Fo­rum.

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