Farmer in Focus – Travis Mitchell

Can you give us a bit of background of yourself and your farm?

I farm with my Dad, Rodney. My wife, Natalie, and I have two teenage sons Tom and Charlie. We farm between Woomelang and Sea Lake and have some land at Lascelles. The soil type is mainly rising loamy sand.

I came back to the farm in 1997 after an exchange year in Canada. Before that I studied at Longerenong Ag. College.

We have cropping and vetch hay enterprises. About four years ago we moved to a rotation of wheat, barley, lentils and vetch with 50 percent legumes. This works for us particularly for grass weed control.

How does your farming operation work? Do you have specific set roles that you focus on?

We are flexible in the roles we undertake. Dad is semi-retired but still does some spraying, spreading and rolling.

What have you changed on the farm in the past 10 years?

The biggest thing has been to upgrade our machinery to enable us to be timelier in our operations.

What are your plans for the farm in the next few years?

Both our boys are interested in agriculture so we will need to expand. They are both involved in the agriculture program at Tyrrell College and I am on their Ag advisory committee.

Where do you go for advice?

Dad and I are on the same page about our approach to the farm. Our agronomist is Danny Conlan from Dodgshun Medlin. We have worked with him to drive down the grass weed population.

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