Growing up in the heart of the Gippsland Region, Claire Templeton is a fourth generation farmer with a passion for primary production. She grew up working on her parents dairy and beef operations located in Nar Nar Goon, Victoria. Recently graduating from Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga with a degree in Animal Science.
Over the years, and to pay her way through university, Claire worked extensively throughout many facets of Australian Agriculture including both the grain and wool industries of New South Wales, as a chaser bin driver and rousabout in shearing sheds. Claire also had the opportunity to work at Marion Downs, a cattle station in outback Queensland which was a grower property for NAPco. All of these jobs were so eye opening and rewarding for her to learn, develop and really cemented the fact that she wanted to go home and continue working on advancing their properties.
"I believe in producing and selling only the finest meat and I know that the finest meat comes from animals and land that are well cared for. I have been lucky enough to be able to come back to our family farm after
university and together with my parents, run a beef and dairy operation. It’s a high rainfall area with rich, heavy clay soil making it the ideal environment to produce grass fed, hormone free beef."
On Claire's farm cattle are run in a rotational grazing system to ensure they have access to the best and freshest grass all year round. As a result, the herd are frequently moved around the farm and hence are well accustomed to humans, dogs and horse interaction. All of the Templeton's cattle work is done under low stress management strategies to ensure a safe and relaxed environment for all. Claire has recently started supplying direct and goes through every step of the process from the farm to the consumers door.
"There is something quite special about being able to see your produce through to the end, meeting the families that are going to enjoy you hard work. I take great pride in being able to share my love of cattle and agriculture with the wider community. I love taking the time to grow out a beast, butcher it and be able to see the delight in peoples eyes when I deliver it to them. Better yet I love hearing how much they enjoyed it or how they cooked it for their family."
Claire just loves farming and couldn’t see herself anywhere else! For her it is what she has always known and she loves that it is a lifestyle not just a job. Being the youngest of three girls, it was often joked that farming and cattle was all she was ever going to do, without the traditional farmers son available to take on the farming ways, her Dad took her under his wing early on and she hasn’t really left. Where ever there was farm work to be done, jobs to do, horses to ride she was there.
Working with family is a super special opportunity that the farming lifestyle brings about. We love how you have been given the opportunity to put your stamp on, and add value, to your farming enterprise, and you have taken the proverbial bull by the horns! Well done Claire!