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