Victorian Livestock Agent, Ash Driscoll is proving himself a true leader within the livestock industry and is making an impressionable mark as a genuine, trustworthy, reliable Agent.
Pick up your favourite metro paper or magazine and chances are you’ll find stories highlighting people and businesses in the bush. Profiles on country innovation; spreads that include rural products; articles illuminating issues far beyond city borders.
As promised, we’d love to share with you some of what we believe are the absolute “cream of the crop” when it comes to Australia’s rural photographers. Some of these extremely talented men and women have been a part of the Thank A Farmer journey since our inception in 2014 and are fundamentally responsible for the success that we have had to date.
Six years ago James Matts was struck with the realisation that there was a real gap in the industry for a competent Wagyu specialist. Fast forward to today and he’s just wrapped up Elders first sale of semen and embryos via AuctionsPlus in his new position as Elders Wagyu Livestock and Genetics Specialist.
Check out some of our latest posts! This week we have sheep, we have cattle, and we even have puppies... just some more of the outstanding content coming in from our followers all across the country showcasing the best of Australian agriculture.
For a boy who grew up in Melbourne, Sam Heagney’s happy place today couldn't be any further from the suburbs. In fact, these days he says he’s never happier than when it’s harvest time and there’s headers, trucks and people running in every direction.
Alongside her family, Kendra Kerrisk brought Brushwoods olive grove back from the brink. The result? Liquid gold. I’m a mum, a wife, a farmer, a produce lover, an ex-scientist and goal chaser. I’m also the driving force behind Brushwoods. My number one goal? To reconnect Australians with the land upon which their food is grown and the farmers who produce it – beginning right here at our olive grove in the Riverina region of NSW.
In a fifth generation farming family the pull to take on the business is usually pretty strong. For Frank Archer though it was more of a slow burn that’s turned into a roaring career with Landfall Angus, a family owned and operated business in the Tamar Valley, Northern Tasmania.
A couple of the more recent ripper snaps we’ve had the pleasure of sharing with our followers to help you get through the week! We sure do have some talented rural photographers here in Australia. In the coming weeks we’d like to showcase a few of our favourites, so stay tuned for our upcoming “rural photographers” themed blog.
My childhood wasn’t like that of most kids’. Mum was a single parent, she raised my sister and I while working a full-time job in town. So come the weekend, us girls would head to the family piggery run by my grandparents. I’d soak up those hours, sitting on my Papa’s knee, singing You Are My Sunshine, eating Bubble O’Bills and feeding the piglets.
To say things are looking pretty good for Lachie and Sophie Kelly from LSK Poll Dorset & Suffolk Studs would be a bit of an understatement. The young couple bought the entire Clarendon Poll Dorset Stud in 2019, hosted their first on-property sale in 2020 and in May, 2021 they’ll bring home their best addition yet - their first baby.
Oli Le Lievre is a young man on a mission. Each night, he dives straight into his passion project; finding and broadcasting fascinating stories of people in agriculture. He’s just clocked 120 stories on his Instagram and podcast: Humans of Agriculture, and he says our industry needs to get better at telling its story… lest somebody else tells it first.
Two-thirds of Australian farms have unsatisfactory internet connections. We all know the routine, phone calls drop out right when you need them not to and forget about it if you need to access broadband quickly in the paddock. A consequence of this is that adopting new ag-technologies that require the internet is pretty much out of the question. Fortunately, an idea out of Wagga Wagga, inspired by a farmer in Dirranbandi, is set to change all that...
Fliss McLean is a mum of two based in Echuca who handmakes dreamy bespoke Liberty and linen pillowcases the likes Princess Charlotte would be proud to rest her royal head on!
Jim Honner Drone technology has been widely embraced by the adaptive Australian Agricultural Industry. The use of them allows for improved efficiency in varied aspects of the farming process. Including crop mapping, surveying, monitoring and planting, livestock management and crop spraying. A spin off of the greatly increased drone use, has been the taking of some truly epic photos!
Putting down the tools and picking up the reins to Gundary near Goulburn has been more than just a tree change for Troy and Hannah McNally. A builder by trade, Troy and his young family left Sydney 10 years ago and today they’re living a life even better than what they could have imagined with their Amaroo Australian Whites.
On the days she’s battling Tasmania’s horizontal sleet and hail, Georgina Wallace jokes that even she wonders what the latte set is doing and whether they might have a spot for her at the table. In reality though, there’s nowhere she could imagine herself and husband Hamish being than Trefusis, a 7000-hectare property in the Tasmanian Midlands.
I have been surrounded by agriculture my whole life, having grown up in Ardrossan with childhood visits to my grandparents' farm in Langhorne Creek, a degree at Marcus Oldham College and then in my twenties, I was lucky enough to fall in love with a farmer who later became my husband. I subsequently moved to Burra in South Australia and my husband Tom and I now run 10,000 Merinos on our property, Wandillah.
Born and bred in the bush, road tested on Australia’s rugged soil, Millwoods Shoes are designed for life down under – giving you the support you need for everyday living.
She’s the cheery voice on the other end of the phone for the AuctionsPlus commercial operations team by day, by afternoon she’s a yoga teacher and as the sun escapes the sky, she morphs into a graphic design student. Oh, and she’s expecting her first baby next year. Emily Armstong always knew she was destined for a future in agriculture; she just didn’t know she’d be quite so busy.
Jim & I would like to wrap up this week by saying thank you to all our followers for your ongoing support and for all the amazing photos that have been sent in over what has been a weird but wonderful 2020. Your contribution to the agricultural sector does not go unnoticed and we applaud your outstanding efforts. Finally, we wish you all a safe and joyful holiday period and hope that Santa brings us a better 2021!
When Robert Mackenzie’s non station mated heifers brought a jaw-dropping price of $2130, a local agent commented, "for heifers to make that sort of money you would usually expect them to be tested in calf.” Because that’s usually where the money is: heifers in calf. Nonetheless, unjoined heifers are the newest business strategy for the highly successful and historic Mackas Pastoral company who have spent the last few years making their mark on Chinese supermarket shelves.
I have always been in love with making interiors beautiful. My first mortgage at the age of 20 was a tiny flat in a terrible location but I gave that little space everything I had. I’d trawl through gumtree listings for free or cheap furniture, buy my dinnerware plate by plate every payday and had meticulously planned out the colour and pattern of every cushion I was going to buy. There was even room to squeeze in a very trendy feature wall of sponged on velvet look paint in a dark plum/purple. It looked every inch like Monica’s apartment from Friends and I loved it.
National rower Emma Fessey was expecting to stand on the podium with an Olympic gold in Tokyo this year… she’s been another casualty of a strange 2020. With the door temporarily closed on Olympic dreams this year, another one opened for Emma who’s been welcomed with open arms back to the AuctionsPlus commercial team.
This week we’ve decided to showcase some of our favourite photos. The quantity and quality of the photos we receive from all across Australia, has enabled us to put together a gallery of magnificent photos. It has been our pleasure over the past 5 years to showcase the pride producers have in the food and fibre they produce to a wide audience of both consumers and producers.
Greenwood Designs (GD) started out as a way for me to pursue a creative outlet outside of my job in finance. I would make and sell jewellery and keyrings to family and friends in my home- town of Molong. Somehow word spread and in 2014 I decided to take the plunge, quit my day job and focus on building the Greenwood Designs.
This week’s gallery showcases a few of the friendly faces that you may come across on your travels throughout rural Australia. Personally, I have the strong belief that Aussie farmers and primary producers are some of the most genuine and down to earth people that you will ever meet. Their constant dedication to the industry and hard work is second to none, especially when faced with times of turmoil and seasonal hardship. If you are reading this, this week I set you with the task of asking someone in our industry how they first got involved in Agriculture. You’ll be amazed with the some of the stories that you’ll hear
Speckle Parks were the first beef breed developed from Saskatchewan. A Canadian composite of White Park, Shorthorn and Angus (with other breeds including Galloway, Highland and Jersey in the mix). Here, in Australia paddocks, the “appaloosa cattle” are hard to miss with their distinctive spotted sides and rear quarters. Now they’re standing out for all the right reasons at sales too.
Lillie Holcombe talks of her young family and their charming homewares store Harry and Kit, located in a ‘tin shed’ in Queensland’s Goondiwindi. Even though launching a bricks and mortar homewares store located in a Queensland border town, with a newborn, just before a global pandemic hit was definitely not part of Harry and Kit’s business plan, it definitely set us up for any challenges that may be thrown our way!
Jim Honner This week's photo library focuses on growing the Canola crop. Canola is an important crop in the planting relation, with an estimated 550,000 hectares sown down in NSW alone in 2020. The oil that is extracted from the seed post harvest is commonly used for cooking, and in food processing plants. As well as being used in the production of bio diesel and bio plastics. Whilst the by-products which are left over after the seeds are crushed and the oil extracted include; animal feed pet food and fertiliser.
Anderson Merinos produces a sort of triple threat flock. Between carcase productivity, soft white wool (the average micron of the Andersons' ewe flock is 18.8) and fertility (lambing percentage is over 110%) their rams sell far and wide. In fact, a sire just landed on Bruny Island.
After spending a few days bouncing around on the tractor picking up baIes I thought it’d be fitting to dedicate this week’s photo library to ‘making hay’. Below you’ll find some of our favourite shots from the @ThankAFarmerForYourNextMeal instagram account from over the years.
With the 2020 harvest well and truly underway it is great to see the headers gradually moving south with many farmers across the country reaping the benefits of what has been an interesting year to say the least.
Holly Baker’s journey into an agricultural career has taken some curious turns. The daughter of a well-known large animal vet in Gunnedah, Mark Baker, she was raised on a cattle property that has been in the family for generations. Holly found herself at the age of 20 learning Indonesian and residing in a small village in East Java.
My fondest childhood memories are all from growing up on our family farm west of Forbes in central west New South Wales. Whether it was helping dad move a mob of sheep, weighing cattle and writing down their weights, or helping him with the irrigation (mainly by holding the torch at that stage), these were all activities that majority of Australian’s will never get to experience in their lifetime.
Following a trend that is emerging across both cattle and sheep markets, buyers from South Australia and New South Wales drove up prices at the annual 'Back To The Wheatbelt’ sale in Western Australia this month.
From her kitchen table on a pecan farm in northwest New South Wales, author Annabelle Hickson has launched Galah, a new seasonal print publication focused on regional Australia and telling the stories of the modern, smart and creative people who live and thrive there. Examining rural life in Australia from a creative perspective, Galah's mission is to tell the stories of the sophisticated, inspired and passionate people Hickson sees all around her. A modern voice from the bush.