Farmer Profile

Ron Grant

Ron Grant

 Roma
 1
 Queensland
North East NSW, Northern NSW, West Queensland, South East Queensland, Queensland Coast, South East Queensland
 Leading hand on 25000 acre cattle station
 Dairy farmer, Heifer Grazier, Feedmill supervisor, Piggery manager, contract fencer, poultry farm manager
 10-15 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

  • Sheep 4
  • Beef 4
  • Other livestock 4
  • Chickens 4
  • Goats 4
  • Market garden 3
  • Broad Acre Cropping 3
  • Viticulture 3
  • Specialty Crops 2
  • Dairy 2
  • Other Farming Preferences: None

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease
  • Share Farm
  • Vendor Finance

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

I have a Diploma in Agri business Management and Financial Management, I also have a Degree in Agriculture. Over the last 14 years of my farming career, I have worked in multiple areas of the Ag sector so that I can gain the vast amount of skills and experience that is required to successfully run an Agri business. To become farm ready I have done the following: Currently: I am working as the Leading farmhand on a 25000 acre station near Roma. This position involves all aspects of the day to day running of the station. Mustering cattle on motorbike and horses as well as low stress stock handling in the yards. I have an understanding of most facets of animal husbandry. I have also just completed over 5kms of exclusion fencing. I have sprayed out just over 1500 acres with a Rogator self - propelled spray rig using the Raven spray system and Trimble guidance system. I have also just ploughed 1500 acres of cultivation with more to be done very shortly. This area will then be sowed into forage oats in April. I have experience in welding as we have completed new sections to the handling yards. I also have experience in property repairs and maintenance. Poultry Framing: I worked as a Farm Manager for Baiada Pty Ltd on a meat bird parent rearing farm with 100 000 birds spread over 8 sheds. The position involved managing all day to day activities on the farm; these included feeding birds daily, weighing birds, grading birds and property maintenance. I managed up to 14 staff members when we were vaccinating all of the birds. I was responsible for all feed and commodity ordering, vaccine ordering, all OHS for the sight, all EMS, day old bird receival as well as transfer to the production farm. I was also responsible for maintaining the very strong biosecurity measures for the site. I was self-employed. I had my own Agricultural Fencing Business. Piggery Manager As the manager of a 200 sow piggery my job included managing the running of the piggery as well as 3 other employees on a full-time basis. This position involved the breeding, farrowing, growing and sale of pigs to market. I was required to order medication, order micro nutrient meal packs as well as feed commodities. I organised the feed milling requirements of the piggery as well as mixing feed through a Gehl feed mixer. I was responsible for communicating with the property owner on a regular basis. Record keeping for each sow as well as the piggery as a whole. This was an integral part of my job and our Q.A program. Feedlot Supervisor I worked for AACo at Aronui feedlot on the Darling Down just outside of Dalby. My position was Feed mill Supervisor, this involved overseeing the day to day running of the feed mill in conjunction with the mill manager as well as allocating feed to the 17000 head of cattle. I managed approximately 6 to 8 people at any time depending on what the roster was like when the Mill Manager had days off. I have experience using a roller mill, milling reconstituted wheat, sorghum and maize plus receiving commodity deliveries into the feed shed. I also have experience in driving feed trucks, Komatsu loaders as well as a JCB and tractor, as well as feeding out, tub grinding hay, calling and sweeping feed bunks. I also have Forklift and JCB loader tickets Intensive Cell grazing I worked for Livestock Holdings, which is a division of Dairy Holdings, dairying corporate. The property I was on is 623ha and had approximately 3000 rising 2yr heifers, in November we started receiving the next 3000 weaned calves. We took these animals through until they were around 21 months old when they went back to their respective farms to calve in spring as 2 year olds. At full capacity we ran just under 6000 head in mobs of 300 heifers that were shifted on a daily basis to a new break (cell grazing system) I started the position as a farm hand and within the first 3 months I was offered the Assistant manager position which I held until I left. This position includes: The day to day running of the farm in the manager’s absence. Daily duties include managing staff, achieving target residuals on pasture, feeding out silage, straw, winter rape and operating two Zimmatic pivots irrigators. Shifting heifers onto a new break daily with the aid of a quad, mounted with the techno fencing system. I have good experience and knowledge in using general farm machinery, such as tractor, trailer, feeding out equipment and motorbikes; as well as general workshop tools. Other daily duties include farm maintenance such as fixing fences, moving electric fences and rolling paddocks. I have experience in calculating feed budgets, as well as pasture evaluation/management, I have conducted weekly pasture dry matter readings using a rising plate meter, as well as identifying paddocks that need to be grazed or cut for silage. I have partaken in the administration of medications, drenching and weighing heifers on a routine basis. I have experience with the Gallagher weighing system and the practical side of the MINDA herd recording system as well as Electronic ID system; I hope to become more involved in the office side of the MINDA system in the near future. We also sowed 80ha of perennial rye grass using a roller drill. Dairy Farming: This position involved milking 950 cows through a 50 bale rotary shed. Daily farm maintenance was required such as: fixing fences, moving electric fences, rolling and planting paddocks and vat maintenance. I fed out silage and brewers grain. The use of general farm machinery, such as tractor, trailer, motorbike, as well as general workshop tools and dairy milking equipment was required. Calving cows and rearing calves was also part of the job. This position included calving approximately 800 cows over a 6 week period which I was in charge of.

Why are you passionate about farming?

Farming is the only thing I have ever wanted to do. I knew I wanted to be a farmer even before I went to school. I grew up on a farm in Zimbabwe before the government illegaly seized it. I want my children to have the same fantastic life that I had growing up on a farm. I love being on the land and getting my hands dirty and feeling the soil in my hands, I also love working with animals and watching them grow .

Best days of being a farmer:

My dream farm would be on either flat or gently rolling hills that received a good amount of rainfall annually, It would be a mixed farming operation with Wagyu cattle, pasture fed egg production, free range pigs and also sheep. On the best days I would check all the stock, ensure they had adequate feed and water, do any repairs and maintenance that is required. I would then go out on horseback and muster a paddock of cattle and work them in the yards before leading them out to a fresh paddock. Ending the day sitting on the deck having a beer and BBQ overlooking the farm and watching the sun set with my family around me.