Richard is a devoted grass farmer and noted beef producer. He has been a pioneer in regenerating pasture health through intensive holistic systems of grazing and land care. He has been a leader in this movement and shares his vocation and interest with communities searching for solutions to issues with Land Care and the Food System.
Richard was born and raised in the Moree district re-locating to a cattle property North of Julia Creek in Queensland gulf country. In 2003 he relocated to the New England where Richard has been experimenting with improving soil fertility using compost as well as studying soil health and its effect on plant, animal, human and environmental health.
Richard creates ways to strengthen and support local agricultural communities to generate economic growth. This leads to the multiplier effect where the financial growth has a compounding influence and flows down throughout the extended local population.
Richard is an enthusiastic advocate for holistic farming including soil health and its relationship to plant, animal and human health. He shares his knowledge through The Carbon Farm, the Biodynamic Association of Australia, local Landcare and, via his Linked In platform, with other like- minded holistic farmers from all around the world.
Richard history includes:
- Representing the Cattleman’s Union of Australia, holding the position of Vice Chairman for Qld and was a member of the CU National Council
- Chair of the inaugural Aboriginal Liaison Committee
- Member of the Cattle Research Committee with the CSIRO
- Grazing representative on the Southern Gulf Catchments Committee
- Landcare Chair and member since late 1980’s, founding the Landcare group for Julia Creek
- Early adopter of the RCS Holistic Grazing program, implementing it since 1997
- Previous Committee Member of Biodynamic Australia
- Rural Fire Warden for thirty-five years for the Saxby area
Richard’s Awards include:
- Howard Yelland Award from The Beef Improvement ASSOC. of Australia. “For services to the Beef Industry. “(other local recipients, the late David Wright, late Arthur Rickards)
- Citizen of the Year, McKinlay Shire.
- Highly Commended Award, National Carbon Cocky Award. “For Outstanding Performance on Farm innovation or Invention. 2019.