The Shaws, a multi-generational farming family

The Shaws, a multi-generational farming family


My name is Bevan Shaw and I was born in November 1926. I’m Mark Shaw and I’ve been farming since November 1971 Eastern Ridge is about four kms from Buntine, in the northern part of the Central Wheatbelt. I’m Nick Shaw and I’ve been farming since 2012 We farm just over 14,000 arable acres My dad took the first farm up in 1915 before he went to the first world war. When I first come back in 1946 after the war it was just getting to the end of the horse age, there was no tractors around. I would have cleared over 90% of the place, Easton Ridge. Well it was pretty hard going for all farmers I think around about that time, and I know that I was trying to get out of the horses and get into the tractors. and once we got into the tractors of course the farming gradually got easier and easier but it took a long while. From what I can remember there was only the one type of fertiliser and that was it. Nothing like they’ve got nowadays with all the fancy different types of fertiliser you can get. If it didn’t do any good with the fertiliser that was too bad. I started farming in November 1971 Well it was completely different to what it is now No mobile phones, bagged superphosphate. We were carting wheat in bulk, but in small 10 tonne, 8 to 10 tonne loads. A 20 tonne truck was a big truck in those days. It was an 8 tonne truck with a 5 tonne trailer. I enjoy growing the crops I really like to see the crops and the fertiliser inputs into the cropping. The science behind it, it’s quite fascinating. well, I just liked the idea of being on the farm just like the isolation and and my mates were back here, and the farms were a lot closer together Farmers were closer together in those days, so i’d just slip over to my mate’s place and there were a lot more people here than what there is now. Yeah, I guess I just love the relaxed lifestyle and like being out in the paddock and whether it’s in a tractor or doing a bit of fencing or you know being out, outdoors I guess is yeah what I’ve always liked some of the tough decisions year in year out is when to start seeding and how much fertiliser to put on and you know, whether you do that nitrogen top-up or not and then I guess some of the bigger decisions are whether to buy a farm or whether or when to expand I guess, and whether you’re doing the right thing is always a challenge my vision is just to keep on expanding and improving I guess, improving our soils and trying to increase our yields and carry on from where my grandfather started I guess. I feel pretty privileged to carry on, I mean, I think I’m actually fourth-generation now so Yeah, I’m starting a family this year, could well be fifth-generation down the track and Yeah, it makes me you know, pretty proud I guess to be a part of it and and to have the opportunity to to carry on farming and hopefully keep the the Shaw family name going

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