We Need More Training Options: Warren Grower

Warren grain and cotton grower Ben Egan believes there is a critical training gap in his industry with limited courses available for those working at ‘paddock level’.

The young grower is farm manager at Kiameron Pastoral Company, an 8000 hectare family operation with 1750ha of irrigated cultivation, 1400ha of dryland farming and 4850ha of grazing country.

“At Kiameron we rely heavily on backpackers and casual labour, but finding people with the skillsets we need can be a challenge,” Mr Egan said.

Self-Employed At 21 Thanks To Grains Training

The self-employed young man from Quandialla in southern New South Wales left school to work on his parents’ 1700 hectare farming property, Drumwood, before venturing into business for himself contract windrowing and speed tilling.

He said while his parents may have given him the confidence to have a crack at self-employment, access to the right training made the move possible. Watch a video of an interview with Brad here.

“Training is important, because it allows you to develop your skills, which makes you more employable and really gives you more options,” he explained.

Growers Urged to Identify On-Farm Training Needs

As a grain grower, rural consultant and a parent John Minogue is a staunch advocate of training: in his opinion the right skills can be the difference between success and failure on-farm and in life.

“It might sound harsh, but the reality is the right training makes all the difference. It doesn’t matter what level you are in agriculture you need the skills to match your role, whether that’s basic machinery maintenance or commodity marketing,” he explained.

“In our industry, we haven’t always put enough weight on the need for training, both for ourselves and for those working with us, but that’s changing. It’s time we put some thought into what skill-sets we need as part of our own farm businesses into the future.”