Stuart Austin is fast becoming an expert and well respected advocate of building soil carbon, as well as a well known practitioner of regenerative farming on the collection of Wilmot Cattle Co properties Charlie caught up with Stuart to delve into his journey from farm boy in Southern NSW, ringer from the top end of Australia, recruiter of ranch hands in Canada, to general manager of the Wilmot Cattle Company in NSW.
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Stuart grew up near Albury on small farm, and Stuart’s grandfather was a very influential figure as teenage in his life | First job after school was at Newcastle Waters in the Northern Territory | A big turning point in Stuart’s life was at age 21 when he read the book ‘You Inc.’ (link) by John McGrath, which prompted much inner reflection and created many new positive habits, like setting goals | Stuart recognizes the importance of language and how one treats people – People Matter Most | He also acknowledges the challenges for women in agriculture to have a career and raise children too | In Canada he worked in ‘guest ranches’’ until he started farm recruitment business | Attended Marcus Oldham College | Started at Wilmot as manager in Sept 2016 | Stuart has struggled with mental health and supports the organization ‘Trade Mutt’ who are a social impact workwear brand making funky eye-catching workwear designed to start conversations about mental health, helping make an invisible issue impossible to ignore | Give staff ownership of ideas | Pride and ego are our 2 most limiting factors, and get in the way of making better decisions | Through grazing management Wilmot is taking a huge amount of carbon out of the atmosphere | The co benefit of the grazing management practiced at Wilmot Cattle Co properties is the sale of carbon credits | Stuart can’t recommend more highly the impact attending the RCS ‘Grazing for Profit’ course has done for his personal and business development | Be kind is what Stuart would write on a highway billboard
Wilmot Cattle Co – Stuart is GM
Maia Grazing – online grazing management tool
‘You, Inc.’ – book author John McGrath
Maia Grazing webinar interview w/ Stu Austin – May 2020