The Australian beef cattle industry is my passion and livelihood.
At the age of 19, I established my own farm consultation and management business, Eyes Farm Contracting. Just two years later, I am well on my way to accomplishing my career goals and now manage two commercial beef properties on the NSW Central Coast, while also working on a Charolais stud running a successful show cattle team based in the Hunter Valley, NSW. I am also a Young Farming Champion for the At4Agriculture program, sponsored by Meat & Livestock Australia and the Target 100 campaign.
The three properties I am involved in aim to produce high quality weaner cattle for our local butchers. On these small acreages, I strive for economic and ethical sustainability through the use of best practice stock and natural resource management.
I believe in maintaining and enhancing our environment, with a strong focus on growing high quality water and fertiliser efficient pastures.
To achieve the best results we seek advice from agronomists and undertake soil testing and nutrient mapping. We use a rotational grazing system, and undertake pasture mulching (cutting the pasture at an even level promoting faster regrowth) and harrowing (an implement that spreads the manure into the ground). We are also trialling using sheep to follow the cattle to control winter weeds instead of using chemicals.
The farms I work on all employ low stress stock handling methods – creating a calm and comfortable environment for both cattle and people. These measures are proven to improve efficiency, help produce higher quality meat for consumers, and ensure our cattle live a healthy, low stress life.
The beef cattle industry in Australia can be fast moving and demanding, but the job satisfaction and the commitment of Australian farmers to get the best outcomes for people, animals and our landscape is second to none
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