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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Dec-Jan 2012
farm, I still enjoyed it. I’ve probably seen as much change in the past 50 years of farming as we could expect in any of the previous or next 50 years. Nowadays I’m very involved in the community, with too many boards and committees to mention. I’ve been actively involved for 30 years with the Rotary Club of Deloraine and am also the vice president of Mersey Probus Club. When I wake up every morning I set myself two or three jobs. I walk five kilometres a day, four or five days a week, and I’m nearly 80. I have just over half a hectare of garden that takes a lot of looking after; my wife and I love doing that. I do a tremendous amount of fly-fishing and I've been crayfishing on the east coast for the past 10 days. I’ve also got a couple of daughters in New Zealand who we visit in the school holidays at Christmas time each year. Farming has changed so much. I would suggest that anyone interested in farming get to know the technical and scientific side of it – plant tissue culture and all of that stuff is just so new. We used to throw a bit of Super on and hope to hell it did the trick, but now I see the kids of the agriculturalists at our local Rotary club either going to or having been to an agricultural college or a university – otherwise you just can’t get on. The days of farming generating enough income for you to have a life are just not there anymore unless you have 100 per cent equity! Damien McLellan talks about day-to-day tasks on his farm, Allambie, and what he’s looking forwa rd to in retirement. Allambie is very much a family business. I think my father bought the property back in 1972; we’ve been hanging around here for a fair while. He’s pretty much retired now but comes home for a few weeks every year to show an interest and to make sure we’re doing it all right. I live right under a mountain called Quamby Bluff which forms the backdrop to my property – just beautiful. We get up fairly early to milk about 280 cows in the morning, then our day moves on to feeding any stock that needs feeding – at the moment that’s calves and cows that are about to calve. We also need to make some silage so we’ve got tractors raking and mowing, endeavouring to get our crop in. That’s just at this time of year so it’s obviously different at other times of the year with tasks such as ground working and irrigating. Every afternoon we get to it and milk the cows again. We’ve well and truly advanced since the old days; the technology side of it alone is quite different to what it used to be. The change is basically around how to getthemilkoutofthecowandwedoitalotmore efficiently now; we can do three times as many cows in the same amount of time. It’s certainly sped the process up with the use of improved technology. It really depends on what time of year it is whether I jump out of bed or not. This time of year it’s really nice to get up in the mornings. It’s not too cold here in northern Tassie so it’s good to get up early, see the sun rise, see cows come in with a full udder of milk. I really enjoy that part of it. I hope I don’t have to work too long into my life. I’m mid-40s so I’d like to be semi-retired at least by the time I’m 50 or 55 at the very latest. I’d like to travel, and my father actually lives in the Phillipines. We’ve been there and to New Zealand and we also want to go to Europe and everywhere else in between. Luckily I have a daughter who is very interested in the family business. Decisions about whether she comes back and takes over the reigns in time, or whether we farm it with a manager on, are all in the future. I would certainly like to keep hold of the property, but not necessarily run it myself when I’m close to retirement. As told to Ali Klaver. It's good to get up early and see the cows come in with a full udder of milk. Active RetireesTM | 55 OUR TIMES
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