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Sean Gleeson is a man who throws his heart and soul into everything he does.
When he and his wife Jody took on her family farm in the Camden Haven 11 years ago, Sean was rolling up his sleeves to make the most of the opportunity. When he moved from working in a busy engineering shop near Sydney, managing 50 boilermakers, to a beef cattle farm in the Camden Haven, the conversation moved from two-legged to four-legged creatures. They do have different personalities as people do.
The Gleesons run cattle on two properties in Johns River. One is 60 acres set up for strip grazing cattle and rearing calves, once weaned.
The other is acres and is home to the breeding stock. Sean loves the rural lifestyle and producing grass-fed beef cattle. He is enthusiastic about running his farming business, about the success of farming in the region generally, and flow-on business in the Camden Haven.
Haven chat did my best to stay out of Sydney, but I did spend 10 years living in the southern highlands. I did have some dairy cattle in Narrabri, and we used to milk them by hand.
The choice is yours
Knowing the quality produce grown on the Camden Haven, Sean was a quick study, learning what it takes to haven chat beef cattle and manage ryegrass pasture to produce healthy cattle and great-tasting meat. In winter, we plant the seed and start the cycle all over again.
The Camden Haven is still recovering from the drought which severely affected the region over at least two years and the bushfires. The Gleesons came close to the brink.
We were down within two big square bails of feed to selling off all our cattle. We took that gamble, and we were lucky that we got rain within that haven chat in January.
The bushfires of November, December and January came close to the farm. Sean loaded 1,litre water tanks on his trailer and spent weeks putting out spot fires in the paddocks.
Our property backs onto it. And of course, the other problem we had was, with a lack of water wild dogs were coming in. You just got to keep getting up and go around and do what you got to do.
He said by seeking out local products from local businesses, customers can understand more about their food, who grows it and if any additives or supplements used to enhance the cosmetic appeal. They want to be more aware of how their meat is produced.
The more that people can educate themselves in that way of cooking and preparing their meals, the better off it is for themselves in terms of value for money for them in the long run.
I cannot stress that enough. They know where their products come from.
Ask for their advice about how you should be preparing something. I know there are guidelines that they do put in place, but me personally, go to a local butcher.
If people go and spend their money in the local area, that money keeps going round, and it eventually finds its way into local sporting clubs, local organisations. Local businesses are the ones who sponsor your local shows and everything along those lines.
Sean Gleeson Beef Farming. Talking to the animals By Kate Dwyer Sean Gleeson is a man who throws his heart and soul into everything he does. Learning to manage beef through challenges Knowing the quality produce grown on the Camden Haven, Sean was a quick study, learning what it takes to breed beef cattle and manage ryegrass pasture to produce healthy cattle and great-tasting meat.