Meet farmer Riley!!
Riley is just 16 years young, but already has the heart of a farmer going on 80.
Lamb of Tasmania receives lambs off the farm where Riley lives and works, Logan. He’s been living on the farm with his dad and brother for the last 4 years and chose to start his Certificate II in Agriculture through Tas TAFE at the end of 2018 after helping out on the farm after school, holidays and on the weekend. Riley makes a strong point of saying he is lucky to work on the farm as “they make me feel like I’m part of the family”. He has plans to go away to the mainland to try harvesting and jackarooing, then bringing his new found knowledge back to Logan. Riley says there isn't much he doesn’t love about farming: working outdoors and with animals, but his all time favourite work is the machinery side of things.
Riley says he loves seeing how quickly and healthy the lambs go from newborns, to walking, to being marked and weaned, then being ready for market. Lamb of Tasmania thrives off the love, life and care that Riley brings everyday. If there was ever going to be a farming star in our midst, Riley is it!
Introducing, Farmer Richard!
Richard, more commonly known by his friends and family as Richie, is a seventh-generation farmer from Whitemore, Tasmania. You may notice Richie features quite a lot in our posts, website and videos. Some would even say, he is the face of Lamb of Tasmania; and we say, that’s for an exceptionally good reason!
As soon as Richie’s little feet hit the ground, there was no stopping him. Out the door, on the bike and off onto their farm 'Melton Vale' with his father Bramwell Heazlewood. Farming is in his blood, he says, and so from a very young age he was on the motor bike checking on their livestock and crops all day every day, never tiring at the thought that tomorrow he will do the same. Instead, as he grew, he knew he would never consider anything else; this was going to be his life. So after finishing college in Launceston, he packed up what he knew and he flew to New Zealand where he would attend Lincoln University to further his farming knowledge. Richie says during his time there he 'learned a few farming tricks off the Kiwi’s, as well as gaining five years of invaluable experience'. He then returned home to the farm and his family in late 2016, ready to put to use all of his newly extended skills.
Amongst everything he has learned over the years, the part he enjoys the most, is his livestock. He says: 'Whether it’s doing the daily lambing beat, weighing lambs or testing your dog’s skills on some stubborn ewes, every day is different, challenging and interesting when you’re dealing with livestock. We are very lucky here in Tasmania with our ideal seasonal climate and growing conditions to maximise our lamb growth rates. There is a real sense of satisfaction in breeding high-quality prime lambs and following their journey right through to the end product being sold locally, here in Tasmania.'
If that doesn’t tell you enough about the kind of man Richie is, we will. We have Richard as our 'face', not only because he has a very nice one! But because he is the kind of humble farmer we are so incredibly proud to support. The care he shows towards his livestock is evident in all that he says and does. His knowledge in the agricultural industry is second to none, knowledge he is always willing to share, to help develop the farming community that surrounds him. The future of Melton Vale rests in Richie’s very dependable hands. His plans to become more efficient in their production and to create a sustainable and healthy work life balance means Lamb of Tasmania will continue to be supplied with the best, for many, many years to come.