Farmer Profile

Andrew Irvine

Andrew Irvine

 Laidley QLD 4341, Australia
 Queensland
West Queensland, South East Queensland, Queensland Coast
 Farm manager
 2004-2008 lead hand on a family owned small crop farm 2006-2010 completed my cert 3 as a carpenter both in the housing and commercial industry 2010-2015 carpenter and manger of a sauna and steam room company . 2015-current farm manager for a cattle and environmental land management company .
 4-6 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Goats 4
  • Beef 4
  • Horse Breeding 1
  • Market garden 1
  • Sugar Cane 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Pig Farming 1
  • Cotton 1
  • Sheep 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Chickens 1
  • Specialty Crops 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Aquaculture 1
  • Mixed Farming 1
  • Orchard 1
  • Rice 1
  • Broad Acre Cropping 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Business Management 4
  • Livestock Mustering 4
  • Planning 4
  • Fencing 4
  • Animal Husbandry 4
  • Machinery Operation 4
  • Book Keeping 3
  • Accounting 3
  • Cropping 3
  • Human Resources 2
  • Marketing 2
  • Sales 2
  • Agronomy 2
  • Orcharding 1
  • Other Farming Skills: None

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Grass fed 4
  • Conventional 3
  • Biodynamic 3
  • Regenerative 3
  • Urban 2
  • Organic 2
  • Permaculture 1
  • Other Farming Methods: None

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

Over the previous 4 years I have successfully run and grew 35% a cattle fattening and replacement breeder program for the owners , also in the last 3 years I have become a primary producer and have started to co graze cattle and goats on the property to manage noxious weeds. I also have trials underway with DAF and animal ethics to find a way to control paralysis ticks in goats .

Why are you passionate about farming?

I am passionate about farming and the way I go about my work to prolong the cattle and goat industry this is a major drive behind why I have undertaken these trials with the goat program.

Best days of being a farmer:

As of 2019 myself and partners core business is primarily a cattle and goat meat livestock meat production with a secondary core of services such as research and development within the ruminant health. This research is currently being monitored by Y-tex corporation to make paralysis tick control available to the goat industry.We would like to be able to farm on a bigger scale as we have put grown where we are, we would like to be closer to South East Queensland with the property having both open pasture and tree areas . Being a land and grazing manager I have to always prioritise my day , this being said animals checks or care are are very important , I also would like to bring back pasture to it’s natural state with minimal chemical as possible which we have proven to be very successful by utilising goats. Cattle are going to be a major part of our business to bring in revenue to fund on farm expenses .