MEET Hamish Munro from Cumnock, New South Wales.
Hamish is a fifth-generation grain and livestock farmer. The livestock business is primarily a grass-feeding enterprise that is targeted at finishing cattle on introduced pastures – mainly Lucerne, Phalaris, Cocksfoot and Clover.
The property has been heavily impacted by drought, so they use the backgrounding options to ensure they can turn cattle over and not get caught out.
HOW DID YOU FIRST GET INTO THE INDUSTRY?
Upon completing study and working on a Northern Territory cattle station, Hamish took on the beef trading operation and then the cropping production with his brother on the family farm.
Due to a succession planning fallout, the family lost a large amount of the area. Since then, Hamish has bought back into the property with his wife, and he has returned it to beef trading and cropping.
WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT OWNING YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
“Being able to work hard and see the fruits of our labour,” says Hamish.
The succession planning hurdle caused a major upset for the family, but it also allowed them to learn how to effectively overcome a range of issues.
“Prior to and during that process, there were many pressures and constraints that we have now overcome and are free to build our business as we need to.
“We are fifth-generation farmers and wish to pass our property on to our children in a better state than when we received it."
WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT LIVING AND WORKING OUTDOORS?
“Regardless of whether it’s a drought or flood, our part of the world is very beautiful,” says Hamish.
“Through a conservative stocking approach, we are able to manage ground cover and condition our cattle to not feed out of the bale over the last few years.
“Having the ability to manage and influence our part of the world is a great challenge and very rewarding.”