Empowering the next generation - Moreland

When their son, Mitchell, showed an interest in staying on the land, Goulburn Valley grain farmers Trevor and Virginia Stedman sold him 160 hectares of farmland.

It’s become something of a family pattern: the couple bought Woodbine, a holding of 170 hectares in the Caniambo district, from Trevor’s dairy farming parents in 1994 and set about making a go of it.

Diversification, adoption of new technologies and the embrace of precision agriculture have seen them, along with children Lachlan, Mitchell and Melissa, do so with notable success.

The enterprise has grown tenfold and, today, they own and sharecrop 2,800 hectares, 400 of them under irrigation, plus run 800 ewes and operate contract square baling and laser grading businesses.

Preserving a proud heritage - Akubra

Hats off to the fourth Stephen Keir. Part of Akubra since 1990, since 2007 he’s been responsible for keeping the iconic Australian brand in good health, when his late father, Stephen Keir III, handed over the mantel.

The Keir family has been making hats for more than 100 years in Kempsey, NSW, in a factory employing 108 people who produce 200,000 hats a year, 90 per cent of them for the domestic market.

Their iconic Akubra has been the lid of choice for a string of famous rural Australians – fictional and real, not to mention thousands of farmers around the nation, it’s a beloved – perhaps even vital – part of the workday ‘uniform’.

Remaining open to change - La Cantina Winery

Back in Italy, the Corsini family grew grapes and made wine for home consumption for generations. Little surprise then that first-generation Australian migrant Gino Corsini has been successful doing the same, on a larger scale.

A grape grower since 1980, he opened preservative-free winery La Cantina King Valley in 1997, after years of rave reviews for his ‘house blends’.

Today, La Cantina produces 150,000 bottles a year. Following family tradition, son Peter, the company’s current winemaker, has worked with Gino since 1980, daughter Linda manages sales, and Peter’s son Reuben studies winemaking at Adelaide University.

The rest of the Corsini tribe of children and grandchildren return home to help at busy times and raise a glass at festivals.

Working together as one - Tarlton Downs

When you’re running 50,000 head of cattle across 1.2 million hectares in the Top End, there’s no shortage of jobs for family members.

Raised on 6,000 acres in central Queensland, today the brothers oversee the operation of an enterprise encompassing a breeding program, feedlot and multiple land holdings in Queensland and the NT.

John’s sons Ben, Jack and John manage the helicopters and mustering, while Bill’s son Bob oversees the livestock and property development. Bill’s other son, Tommy, manages the feedlot, while daughter Emily is in the office.

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