Our farm is up for sale


There’s no other way to say it. We’ve decided to sell.

Wayne hurt his back badly a couple of months ago and it’s still what I’d call “delicate”. The injury is aggravated by everyday farming chores and nothing’s more precious than health and family. Not even the farm.

It’s satisfying to look back at what we’ve acheived over the last 10 years.


We’ve planted about 15,000 trees to create shade and shelter for us, the cows and the wildlife


We’ve harnessed the dam and effluent ponds to guarantee fantastic summer feed.


There have been massive improvements in the form of dozens of troughs, kilometres of new water lines and more kilometres of fancy fencing.


Our kids have learnt a lot along the way, too. But now, we’ve got our sights set on new adventures.

It’s time for someone else’s family to enjoy this beautiful place. If that might be you, please contact the agent.






24 thoughts on “Our farm is up for sale

  1. OMG, Marion, that is HUGE,!!! After generations of farming! I’m so sorry it has come to this. It is a great loss to the industry.

    Please , please don’t take down your blog. It’s great to dip into , a resource for those on their farming journey, an education for the rest of us, and a record for your kids and grandkids.

    If you start a new blog please post it on this one. Whatever you do, will be inspiring. You give Aussies a good name around the world.

    big hugs, 💝 Cath

    • Thanks Cath,
      That’s very kind. I’m not sure what I’ll do about the blog. I might begin by writing about the big taboo topic: a dairy farmer’s guide to leaving dairy farming. If the stats are right, plenty of others will be wondering which way to turn.

  2. I wish you guys all the very best in your forth coming journey and adventures may it be as rich and fulfilling as the past adventure may it not be as challenging to aggrevate ones back but I wish you all the best noepw and always ,you have a beautiful farm may the next people get as much pleasure out of it as you all did

    • Thanks Ross. My forebears were adventurers who recast themselves time and time again as the need arose. I’m just following in their footsteps.

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    • Thanks! We might be farming on the opposite sides of the world but some things are universally tricky, aren’t they? Selling the farm is certainly one of them but we are looking forward rather than back now.

  4. Very sorry to hear of your decision. Your comments have been an inspiration as most farm families do not make comments like you have. Your marketing skills, I believe has allowed you to make not only comments, but hit the spot comments-short sharp and value comments.

    • Thanks Geoff. I haven’t been able to make the sort of contribution to our community that others have, so this has been my best attempt at doing my bit to help Aussie dairyiing.

    • I’ve always loved reading your blog and admiring the pics, Marianne, thank you. Even when it’s the only decision, it’s not an entirely easy one.

  5. I am sorry you are selling your farm, Marian. You have put in so much hard work and done so much good there. I agree, please keep the blog up so that others can learn about the industry. It has been an eye-opener for me.

    All the best to you in your new adventures. I know you will succeed at anything you put your energy into.

    • Thanks very much, Lavinia. I’ve really appreciated hearing from you over the years and it’s exciting to think about what comes next.

  6. It has been a privilege to look into your life through your blog, Marian. I hope the sale goes smoothly and that you and your family are soon settled in the next chapter of your lives. My only request is that you continue to share your experience of life with your adoring public!

  7. I’m flabbergasted Marian, didn’t realise Wayne’s condition was so serious. What will us ‘locals’ do without you? Are you willing to go public on what thoughts you have for your families future? I know whatever you both choose you will be successful at. Good luck – we’ll pop in one day. Kindest regards, Kaye & Roy.

  8. I feel very sorry that, you are going to sell the farm and the reason might be whatever, do not worry you can gain it after some time. I could understand the feelings for you, having taken effective steps for the farming. Great blog revealing your feelings!

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