Young farmer finalist 'worked guts out'

YOUNG farmer David Gibson, of Dorrigo, admits he wants a wife.

As a finalist for the 2009 Young Farmer of the Year at the NSW Farmers' Association awards dinner in Sydney, he said he was the only single farmer in his area.

He said the Dorrigo community had urged him to go on the television show, A Farmer Wants A Wife.

Mr Gibson said a wife was someone who could complement your weaknesses. It was a partnership.

Being selected as a Young Farmer of the Year finalist has thrown the spotlight on Mr Gibson and his Kelvin Park property.

He grew up in a dairying family and left school at 16 to become a dairying apprentice.

He is now 27 years old and has two properties. He also manages a contracting business and runs Angus cattle.

Mr Gibson received $1000 from the NSW Farmers' Association for being a Young Farmer finalist.

He has this advice for other young farmers: “Never give up, work your guts out and you can get your own farm.”

Mr Gibson practices 'minimum till or direct drill' on his farms to put humus and carbon back into the soil. He said these types of farming systems were now being used widely.

But it is the future that most concerns this young farmer.

“We could end up with a generation of farm managers and not farm owners,” he said.

On a personal note, as a farmer he knows exactly what his future plans are.

“I want to buy another place in the next three years,” he said. “You've got to keep challenging yourself.”



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