Farmer Profile

Leon Carter

Leon Carter

 Tarrawingee
 2
 Victoria
North East Vic
 Contract teaching Certificate level Agriculture, own my own private company AG SKILLS VICTORIA, and running a 120ac farm in Tarrawingee
 TB Stud manager
 10-15 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Sheep 3
  • Beef 3
  • Chickens 2
  • Specialty Crops 2
  • Market garden 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Goats 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Livestock Mustering 4
  • Human Resources 4
  • Marketing 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Planning 4
  • Fencing 4
  • Business Management 3
  • Cropping 3
  • Animal Husbandry 3
  • Sales 3
  • Accounting 3
  • Agronomy 3
  • Book Keeping 2
  • Orcharding 1
  • Other Farming Skills: Previously worked in the building and construction industry, and hospitality.

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Grass fed 4
  • Conventional 3
  • Organic 3
  • Biodynamic 3
  • Regenerative 3
  • Urban 1
  • Permaculture 1
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

Currently own and manage 120ac of highly productive land, looking to expand out to 3-400 acres, step back from full time teaching in ag and ramp up my time farming. Hold Certificates and diplomas in ag and equine.

Why are you passionate about farming?

My passion is making the most from country with the least amount of input. Currently we sow mixed species crops and pastures that we graze year round with cattle and sheep, and when suits, cut silage/hay, specifically for the horse market. When sowing we include lime, however do not use synthetic fertilizers, rather prefer to unlock stored nutrients by bringing the pH of the soil closer to 6.4 by liming. Eventually we will establish permanent pastures that require little maintenance, and aim to be breeding from 30 head of cattle annually and 50 head of sheep 3 times every 2 years on the 120ac.

Best days of being a farmer:

My best day on the farm is every day where my family is involved, working on the tractor with my sons, moving stock with my family, bbq lunches in back yard, or cutting wood along the creek while the family roasts marshmallows and we enjoy the views of the snow capped mountains!