Next Gen 2022 Podcasts
The Next Generation Global Sheep Forum has come out of a group of international sheep producer organisations American Lamb Board, Beef + Lamb New Zealand, British National Sheep Association, Canadian Sheep Federation, National Sheep Association, National Wool Growers’ Association of South Africa and Sheep Producers Australia.
One of its purposes is to share information and support sheep farming around the world. One way we aim to do this by connecting young farmers through a live podcast which will be hosted by AgWatchers. AgWatchers aim is to educate but also to entertain, to have engaging conversations with those involved in agriculture.
The Next Generation Global Sheep Forum who we are
The Next Generation Global Sheep Forum has come out of a group of international sheep producer organisations to share information and support sheep farming around the world.
Listen to AgWatchers Andrew Whitelaw and Matt Dalgleish chat to Nick Jolly Senior Trade Policy Advisor (Environment) Beef + Lamb New Zealand and Bonnie Skinner Chief Executive Officer Sheep Producers Australia about how that journey began.
AgWatchers chat to Ben Galloway Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Young Producer
I am 27 years old and currently managing our family farming operation alongside my fiancé Catherine. We have been on the home farm for coming up 3 years. We have a 16month old son named Angus.
Catherine is from England but has been in NZ 6 years, she works as a Vet for Tararua Vets in Pahiatua. Her parents are Dairy Farmers in Kent, and we try and get back to see them on an annual basis (apart from the covid delay!). Together we have bought a share into the farm.
I was brought up on the farm, with my two younger brothers Andrew and Rhys. The farm is situated in the lower north island 10km north of Woodville. I attended Dannevirke High School and from there did a Smedley Cadetship in 2013-14. I had a great time at Smedley, made some great friends and believe it helped set me up well for a career in agriculture.
Following Smedley, I did a Diploma in Agriculture at Lincoln University in 2015. Also, that year I went on a 3 week trip to the UK on an AFFCO scholarship won through Smedley. This followed our product essentially from paddock in NZ to plate in the UK and was linked in with Sainsburys Supermarket. It helped me understand the supply chain and a bit of what the UK consumer is looking for.
Following that I did a bit of an O.E. Alongside shearing in the NZ summers for a couple of seasons I enjoyed the UK summers, working on a beef farm in Southern Scotland and a sheep farm in the North. Also, on a Dairy Farm in Shropshire, and a couple of months shearing around Somerset. Coupled with some sightseeing around Europe it was a great couple of years.
I then headed back to NZ and got a job shepherding out at Pongaroa for Shaun and Tracie Baxter. I had a good 18months there and learnt a lot from them. They encouraged me to enter the Tararua Shepherd of the Year in 2019 and thankfully I was successful.
Since later on in 2019 I have been back on the family farm. Slowly taking over more responsibility off Dad and as of last year, am officially the ‘manager’. Although I still ask his opinion on a lot of things!
Outside of farming I enjoy rugby, cricket, hunting and time with family and friends.
We are 6th generation on the family farm. It has grown over the years but as of recently it is now 1200 ha or 2900acres (1100ha eff.). We run 4400 Romney breeding ewes, breeding our own replacements, and finishing anything else to the works. Also buying in a few store lambs and are finishing them too. We have 500 cattle, made up of fresian bulls bought in at 100kg and finished at 18mths and steers and heifers brought in as yearlings and finished to the works the following year.
We run 3 blocks. The home farm (1800 acres, mostly breeding with some finishing) is situated against the Ruahine Ranges. 6km towards Woodville is a 300-acre finishing block where my parents live. And 2km down the road from our home farm is an 800acre breeding and finishing block purchased on the 1 April this year. This block is going to be a great project for us, as it has a lot of potential with some development work done to it.
We employ a Shepherd and an extra summer student to get through the workload. Dad mostly works with his machinery as he is very passionate about that. My 80year old Grandfather is still on the farm and enjoys giving his machinery a run too. We do all our own fencing, tractor work, cropping and digger work so the machinery has its place.
In farming I am quite passionate about the stock and development of the land. I really enjoy the finishing component of the business and ways to achieve high growth rates, coinciding with development and better performance of pastures and efficiencies around the farm.
I am also passionate about teaching the younger generation coming through. We have a high school student on the farm that does a day a week work experience and another young student that enjoys coming out in his spare time.
Some of our goals for the next 5-10 years are to pay off debt, develop the new block of land, improve the finishing side of the business, and grow our family.
I hope this gives you a brief understanding of what we are about.
Coming in December AgWatchers chat to Brady Evans American Lamb Board’s Young Producer
Brady Rose Evans, along with her parents, Dan & Roxanne Evans, operate Defaid Livestock Company.
The Evans family has been in the Texas sheep and goat industry since the mid-1990’s, but it was not until Brady moved home in 2016 that the family moved to a commercial Dorper operation, and Defaid Livestock Company officially began.
Defaid Livestock Company started with 50 head and has grown to over 250. The operation, although commercial based, also offers registered seedstock and club lambs, along with retail lamb cuts that come straight from Defaid Livestock pastures to their customer’s plates.
Today, along with the family livestock operation, Brady owns and operates Defaid Emporium, were she sells and promotes Defaid Livestock lamb meat, along with a wide variety of agricultural industry products and small family owned businesses from across the state.
Brady works closely with the Texas Department of Agriculture’s GO TEXAN program and American Lamb Board to promote “eating more lamb,” in the western region of Texas where beef dominates most plates.