Farmer Profile

Tony Neilson

Tony Neilson

 Stawell VIC 3380, Australia
 Victoria
North West Vic
 Tony - Currently self employed running a successful business offering stubble mulching as well as leasing land currently running merinos and cropping. Also contract work with a local business, header and truck driving during our quieter times. Kristy - works full time in administration (off farm) and is also heavily involved with the business.
 Working on properties as a farm hand.
 15-25 Years

Farming Preferences:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Skills:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farming Methods:

1 = no skill level, 4 = most skill level

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

Farm Opportunities Sought:

  • Equity
  • Lease

What have you been doing to get farm ready?

We are currently leasing land which has enabled us to build stock numbers and grow crops. We also run our own contracting business which includes stubble mulching and up until recently spray contracting. We have been building on our equipment to enable a smooth transition into owning our own property.

Why are you passionate about farming?

We both grew up on the land and it’s in our blood. We love the lifestyle it offers and the sense of achievement you get when you work extremely hard and you can see when the hard work pays off. Farming is what makes us happy and is where we see ourselves long term.

Best days of being a farmer:

For us our dream farm would be in the Wimmera preferably close to where we are located now. We would be running our merinos which we are currently building numbers and possibly a small mob of cattle along with having a solid cropping program. Ideally we would live on the property and work the land every day be it stock work, managing our cropping program or general maintenance.