Another upside of running a thriving multi-generational enterprise – especially one that entails farming 50,000 head of cattle over 1.2 million hectares of Queensland and the Northern Territory – is the opportunity it affords to find a place for every member of the family who wants to work there.
Of course, strong family ties are vital when you’re farming on this scale. Ben Speed, with brothers Jack and John, manages the helicopter business, Speedy Muster, that runs hand in hand with the rest of the Speed family enterprises.
Ben says the family, who have long been linked with the Santa Gertrudis breed, grew up in the industry together and intends to keep it that way. “Together, we all do whatever has to be done,” he says.
Ben’s parents, John and Marg, and his Uncle Bill and his wife, Gretchen, still hold the reins for the businesses but encourage everyone to get involved.
Bill’s eldest son, Bob, is responsible for the livestock, including the breeding, drafting and selling. Bill’s other son, Tommy, manages the feedlot in central Queensland, while daughter Emily is in the office.
A prime example of a family working as one to thrive.