My aim is to improve the understanding of the rewards and challenges in running a small-scale livestock enterprise and to build the capacity of urban and rural communities to be better able to work together for a sustainable future. The baalissa blog share’s my journey in becoming a small-scale sheep producer and an agricultural professional in rural NSW.
Originally from the western suburbs of Sydney, I’m now living and working in Boorowa/Harden NSW. I enjoy the constant challenges agriculture brings and the opportunity to be able to supply food and fibre products to a growing market.
My niche agricultural enterprise is producing naturally coloured Corriedale sheep and fleeces, since 2004. Colours range from black, greys and browns. My wool is 100% processed in Australia. Sheep and lambs are most commonly sold to other small-scale breeders and hand-spinners. Visit our website www.QuebonColouredSheep.com for more information.
During the week I work for the Lachlan Catchment Management Authority (CMA). I’m the Catchment Officer for Boorowa, working with local landholders in establishing on-farm natural resource management (NRM) projects, as well as working with community groups in establishing urban NRM initiatives.
Prior to joining the CMA, I worked for the Grain Growers Association in Sydney as the Membership and Capacity Building Officer. Key programs I worked on was the Online Agricultural Training Services (OATS) website, the Australian Future Grain Growers Program and the Australian Universities Crop Competition.
Travel: I’ve been fortunate to have travelled quiet a bit in Australia and overseas. My interest for wildlife and biodiversity developed while undertaking a wildlife management course in South Africa back in 2004. I’ve also spent 6 months in Quebec, Canada (2002) working in dairy farms and another trip to Alberta, Canada (2006) on a beef cattle study tour.
Qualifications: Bachelor of Animal Science (Hons) from the University of Western Sydney (Hawkesbury) and a Graduate Certificate in Agricultural Consulting from the University of New England. Cert IV in Assessment and Training.
Community Involvement: Hawkesbury Show Junior Committee (2003-2010); Simmental Youth Ambassador (2006); Hawkesbury Young Citizen of the Year (2008); Intercollegiate Meat Judging Coach (2008); Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association State Secretary (2010-present); BCSBAA Monaro/ SW Slopes Regional President (2011-present); Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champion (2011).