Bronwyn Roberts is a cattlewoman with strong ties to the land she calls home in central Queensland, Australia. She has done the hard yards alongside her father and mother on their family property, immersed herself in the world of sustainable agriculture as a grazing management officer and is now using her extensive skills as Business Development Manager in a Wagyu operation.
Bronwyn can trace a farming heritage back 500 years to English soils, but at the end of high school she was discouraged from pursuing a career in her beloved beef industry. She was told she was too smart for agriculture.
Undeterred Bronwyn completed a traineeship at the local saleyards, a Diploma in Agriculture from the Emerald Agricultural College, and then scored a job as a grazing management officer with the Fitzroy Basin Association Inc., working alongside farmers to develop and improve grazing practices in country where the waterways flow to the Great Barrier Reef.
As she expanded her skills in her “town-job”, Bronwyn was able to employ them practically when her parents bought a 5,500 acre cropping property and set about converting it to a cattle operation. In the heat, the dust and the drought she worked alongside her parents building fences, watering points and yards. She attended field days, completed a Diploma of Conservation and Land Management and for twelve years used the property as her training ground.
By 2012 Bronwyn was ready for a new challenge and she became a Young Farming Champion with Art4Agriculture, where she developed her alter ego Farmer Bron. Farmer Bron became an expert in social media and presentation and the accolades soon followed. She was crowned the AgForce Emerging Leader at the QLD Red Meat Awards, represented Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) at corporate events and was the keynote speaker at the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership awards dinner.
In 2017 Bronwyn’s career in the beef industry took another step forward when she became the Business Development Manager for Bar H Grazing, a Wagyu operation in central QLD, and returned to her true love of cattle production. As Business Development Manager she supports strategic management including the identification of products and technology to ensure the company remains at the forefront of innovation and growth.
"The beef industry is in my blood and it's my calling in life. If I can't run my own farm then the next best thing is to help someone else manage theirs to be economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. (But I WILL have my own farm one day!)."
Bronwyn, It is the very best feeling to truly love your job and your lifestyle. You sound like you were born and bred an AgWomen! Good luck in pursuing your dream of farm ownership!