Farmer Profile

Richard Marsland

Richard Marsland

 Mingenew WA 6522, Australia
 2
 Western Australia
Perth, Southern WA, East WA, North WA, North West WA
 Farm manager
 Broadacre Agronomist. Branch manager/Agronomist of a chemical supplier. Farmer on the family farm.
 15-25 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Broad Acre Cropping 4
  • Sheep 3
  • Beef 3
  • Market garden 1
  • Other livestock 1
  • Chickens 1
  • Specialty Crops 1
  • Dairy 1
  • Goats 1
  • Viticulture 1
  • Other Farming Preferences: Have also helped run an intensive outdoor pig enterprise in the uk

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I have been involved in agriculture all my life starting on the family farm in the U.K. I came to Western Australia 13 years ago and worked as an agronomist for 4 years then as a branch manager/agronomist for two more years. I have then gone onto managing a family farm alongside the owners for the last 7 years. I am currently on the local grower group R&D committee. I also have a BSc degree in Agriculture.

Why are you passionate about farming?

Both my wife and I have grown up in Agriculture and there is nothing else we would rather be involved with. I take an enormous amount of pride in helping plan the upcoming season, putting the crop in the ground, managing it through the season and finally harvesting and marketing the grain. Rural Australia is a fantastic place to bring up children and our two girls love spending time on the farm I work on.

Best days of being a farmer:

My dream farm would be a broadacre farm in Western Australia (ideally in the Midwest of WA). Depending on rainfall and soil type it would grow wheat, lupins and canola. On the best days I would be seeding into wet soil at the beginning of May! Or harvesting a 3 tonne (or more) wheat crop in November!