Please don't sell us out
JARED Sullivan has lived on the family farm Springton his whole life and there is nothing he wants more than to follow in his dad’s footsteps and be a farmer when he grows up.
While the 11-year-old might not understand the full extent of the strategic cropping land fight, one thing he does know is that if the family lost the farm he “wouldn’t be happy”.
In between school and playing with his brothers and friends, Jared said life on the farm was pretty good and that he couldn’t imagine it any other way.
“I really love it here, there’s always something to do,” Jared said.
“I love that me and my brothers get to help out and do stuff with my dad and grandad every day.”
The property, which has been in the family for 75 years, is 70km south-east of Emerald and Jared’s parents, Sally and Ben, are third-generation farmers.
“Ben has lived here his whole live and I have lived here for 18 years,” Sally said.
“We farm sheep and cattle, dryland and irrigation, wheat, sorghum, chickpea, mungbean, cotton and corn.”
Sally said it would be ideal for their three boys to be the fourth generation to take on the farm but the strategic cropping land fight made that dream look bleak.
“It certainly puts a big uncertainty over your future,” she said.
Jared and his brothers Ryan, 9, and Harrison, 13, all spend their weekends “working” on the farm, but to them it is more fun and games.
“I love to muster the cattle,” Jared said.
“My favourite things to do are probably helping out and motorbike riding on the farm.”
Even though Jared has not yet reached his teens, he can already drive cars and tractors, which he said were some of his favourite things to do on weekends.
“Helping out and fixing stuff with Dad is pretty fun,” he said.
Jared said while his brothers liked to muck around on the farm, he was already really into the working aspect of things and was looking forward to taking on his parents’ legacy when he grew up.
“I’m one of those people who just loves to work,” he said.
“But it’s fun and I enjoy it.
“I want to be a farmer just like my dad when I grow up.”