"Agriculture is certainly the place to be."

Victoria State Government

From Germany to the family farm

Coby Brewis – Karabeal Farmer

“I grew up on the family farm at Karabel with my two older sisters, riding horses and spending a lot of time outdoors.

“We all enjoyed it and agriculture has really remained with all of us, one of my sisters is an agronomist and the other drives road trains in WesternAustralia.

“Ironically I was on the other side of the world when I decided I wanted to pursue a career in agriculture. I was living in Germany, working as an au pair. The job was incredible, I travelled whenever I could and the family had houses throughout Europe, so we travelled around all the time.

It was fantastic, but while I was there I realised I really missed the farm and that I would return to pursue a career in agriculture.”

“So I returned home after my gap year and studied ag science at Wagga. I spent four years there, studying agronomy, animal nutrition and animal health. I’m now back on the family farm at Karabeal, between Cavendish and Dunkeld, with my parents John and Yvonne.

“My future is heading towards managing the family farm and I believe agriculture truly is the place to be.

“It’s exciting how much farming is evolving; technological advancements mean there are so many opportunities now to have a good work/life balance. It’s a business, but also the lifestyle you choose it to be.There are heaps of opportunities and lots of jobs out there, and people want you! People may think it’s a bit old hat, but it doesn’t have to be.

“Working in agriculture can give you the chance to travel and enable diverse career opportunities.”

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