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Flow Sports Show correspondent and farmer, Dom Leach, profiled ahead of National Agriculture Day

Dom Leach is at the centre of his community in the Mallee region of north west Victoria.

Image credit: Dom Leach Facebook page

Farming near the township of Walpeup, Leach informed discussed his background, the cocurricular responsibilities he enjoys taking up and the importance of family values and togetherness of farming communities.

Leach told listeners working on the land was something he believes he was always destined to do.

"It was more something I just always wanted to do ever since I was a little tacker really...I don't really remember a time where I didn't want to be a farmer, so it was just the logical progression, I finished year 12, I wanted to complete my schooling and then from there like I said, logical progression and yeah, been working on the farm since and I look really glad, really glad I am," Leach said.

"I think it's [rural Victoria] a fantastic place to work and a great industry to be a part of.

"We're a mixed enterprise so we're basically sheep and wheat, we run a self-replacing merino flock so about three and a half thousand ewes, [it] keeps you busy sort of all year round and then interspersed with that we get busy at cropping and harvest time and just always something to keep us on our toes, I suppose."

Leach went on to describe the current conditions he's facing with the current harvest season now in full swing across Australia.

"The current harvest which we're just beginning is shaping up really well so far, only a couple of days into the barley harvest, but yields have been good right across the district by all reports, so that's really good on the back of a really good, a tough but really good year last year," Leach said.

"We got really wet last year which was something which doesn't happen here too often and we've got really got too wet in the spring for the Mallee but yeah this year's shaping up to be another really good harvest, so it'd be nice to get two in a row because we've had some tough ones in years prior, but yeah, it's been it's probably more of a traditional year this one.

"We had some opening rains, got pretty tough and dry during cropping and then in June we had about three inches of rain in the space of about three or four weeks, which really set our season up on the back of last year's subsoil moisture.

"It proved to be a real winner and contributing to what's turning out to be, or what we hope turns out to be, a bumper harvest."

Leach also detailed the tightknit community of Ouyen and its surrounds.

"Oh the ag (agriculture) community is really strong, I think it's, and I'm sure it is in a lot of places, it's just the people you grow up with and you associate with and the community is good," Leach said.

"We've got quite a good broad bunch of youngish farmers, I like to think I'm technically in that bracket, which is great to have people that you may not work alongside every day, but you're in a common industry and you can bounce ideas off each other and chat about different things.

"It's really good and it's great to have those young blokes involved and a good cross-section of people to create a community, I mean, the agriculture aspect is everything to these small communities...without the farms the community wouldn't be there I suppose, so profitable farms are a really important part of these small communities that we're a part of."

The life of Leach on the farm is just a snapshot of Flow FM's farmer correspondents being profiled on the Country Viewpoint during National Agriculture Week.


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