Name: Anthony Dunn
Location: “Echo Hills” Roma Qld
Job title: Livestock Manager
How did you get into agriculture? I grew up in an agricultural family. My family has been on the land since immigrating to Australia from Ireland approximately 140 years ago. I have always been passionate about agriculture and wanted to continue in the industry.
Education: I completed grade 10 at High School. After this I commenced working in the industry and have since attained a Diploma in Agriculture.
What are/were your plans after school/tafe/university? My plans were to work in the agricultural industry and gain experience and knowledge in as many different areas as I could.
Describe your job on the average day? An average day could be anything from mustering cattle; updating records in our cattle database; posting information on the agricultural industry on the facebook page we have for the cattle/property; farming; fencing; or other property maintenance.
What is your favourite part of your job? Working with livestock and ensuring that our practices are sustainable to enable production of a clean safe product for people to eat and enjoy.
What are your interests? Spreading the great story of agriculture, Campdrafting and water skiing
What’s your favourite thing about the industry? The things that I enjoy most about the agricultural industry are producing food, the lifestyle and friends, and living in a rural environment.
Best experience in agriculture? Learning about and implementing new & innovative technologies that are available to us to optimise sustainable practices.
Worst experience in agriculture? Drought and the stress that it puts on the animals and people that have to look after their welfare and carry on regardless.
What do you think will be the biggest challenges of the agricultural industry in the future? The biggest challenge into the future is achieving fair prices for our produce so that we can continue to use sustainable practices and improve the health of our land for future generations.
Why do you think less people are becoming involved in agriculture?
The financial attraction provided by other industries. Traditionally, agricultural positions haven’t always offered matching packages.
What advice do you have for people thinking about getting into agriculture?Don’t be focused totally on money. Do what you enjoy for greater job satisfaction and the lifestyle agriculture can offer.
How important do you think an agricultural background is to become involved in the industry? If someone is passionate about the industry and willing to learn, an agricultural background is irrelevant.