Introducing our Farmer eXchange Farmer Advisory Team
Today, we introduce you to Dave Armstrong, a mixed farmer from the Riverina. He is a quiet achiever, with a cheeky side, and we are incredibly grateful for his time and input into the development of the Farmer eXchange.
Let’s get stuck in and learn a little bit more about this farmer!
Dave, tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Dave Armstrong and I’m from Junee in NSW.
After finishing high school, I undertook a boiler making apprenticeship, and worked as a boiler marker for 4 years in Sydney.
I then moved back to the family 5,000 acre mixed farming operation, and have been here for the last 8-9 years.
Along with managing the cropping side of the family business (predominantly winter cereals, improved pastures, and dual purpose crops), I have purchased my own farming block next door, where I grow a couple hundred acres of wheat and canola, and run a few cattle on stubbles over the Summer.
My brother and father also work on the family farm, with my brother looking after the livestock operations.
What is your farming dream and vision?
Sustainability is essentially the key driver to how I want to operate.
I want to be able to farm smarter, so what we are achieving now on the farm can still be achieved by my children and grandchildren in 40-50 years time.
By this I mean ensuring good practice in regards to soil health and fertiliser, pesticide, herbicide management.
Why did you get involved in Farmer eXchange project?
‘My wife made me!’ – jokes!
I am lucky here with the connections and relationships I have built over the years with trusted advisors that are key to our operation here. I call on these guys for advice a lot. I also have a great circle of friends, that I can throw ideas off and ask questions.
However, I can easily see that not everyone is as fortunate as I am in this regard, and therefore when I heard about the Farmer eXchange, I saw it as an exciting opportunity for farmers to share their own knowledge, ideas and experience with younger and less experienced farmers, who are keen and eager to learn, however haven’t got those networks readily available to them.
Who you think will benefit from the Farmer eXchange?
Anyone and Everyone.
I think that the platform will prove beneficial to anyone that is keen to ask questions and build on their knowledge.
Your vision for the Farmer eXchange
I would love for the Farmer eXchange to become an every day tool that is used as a go to reference for information.
A friendly, online community where farmers can go to share their successes, get some advice on their failures – providing a supportive network of peers.
What is the first question you would ask on the eXchange?
‘When is it going to rain?’ ….. kidding!
We have started to use manure sourced from a local feedlot as fertiliser on some of our paddocks over the last year or two, so I would love to hear peoples experiences and what results they saw?
Thanks so much for your time, Dave!
Missed our previous interviews with Farmer eXchange Advisory Members. Check out the links below!