Rob Young

I grew up on a family owned cattle property in the North Burnett region of Queensland where mandatory participation in all jobs from an early age gave me a solid grounding in the grazing industry. My father was a hard task master generally only demonstrating a skill or answering a question once; Meaning highly developed observation and questioning skills were necessary from an early age. 

 

After graduating in 1996 from the University of Queensland with a Degree in Agricultural Science I pursued a career in the cattle industry gaining experience working in a variety of businesses including extensive commercial and stud grazing operations, feedlots, stock feed manufacturing and research organisations. Progression in these roles to management positions led me to complete a second degree in Business Management from Marcus Oldham College graduating in 2012. 

 

As I progressed through these roles and into management positions in family organisations, pastoral companies and CSIRO,  it became increasingly clear to me that the series of “droughts” characterising the previous 3 decades seemed to have one thing in common – they were at least partially man made. This realization forced me to hasten my questioning of the seemingly accepted norms of today’s grazing operations.  


Appointment to the position of Manager Hanaminno, a holistically managed livestock enterprise in southern New South Wales, thrust me into the world of holistic management and with it the Grazing Naturally Method. Dick had previously managed this property and as such I was provided an unhindered practical opportunity to study and learn under the guidance and mentoring of Dick. 

A desire to further expand my knowledge led me to complete the RCS Grazing for Profit School and participate in the RCS Executive Link business mentoring program. 

 

Having had significant experience in a wide range of climatic and geographic regions I believe that my skills and experience can assist producers to achieve practical and measurable grazing management and ecological improvement in many areas of Australia.  

 

Our Team

Unleash the coiled spring of nature through Grazing Naturally programs  

Dick Richardson

Dick Richardson is an internationally recognised leader in the practice of natural grazing to improve soil depth and health, water retention, increased biodiversity and animal production.

Ian Little

Ian Little is an environmental scientist and a Grazing Naturally support person. He works in mine rehabilitation and with Terrain NRM in the wet tropics of Queensland Australia. His main work is in erosion remediation and more importantly in the prevention of erosion through the enhancement of the water cycle using the 'Grazing naturally' Method. Ian is based on the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland.

Sally Mildner

Sally Mildner has been working with Dick Richardson since 2015. She has worked on various properties in NSW using the 'Grazing Naturally' method and managed others in tandem with Dick Richardson. Sally is part of Dick Richardson's program of developing the next generation of educators and consultants in the Australian landscape. Sally comes off the land and gained much experience on the family properties near Warren in NSW where her forward thinking parents Rod and Kate Mildner also work with Grazing Naturally. Sally has a degree in Ag Science and international development from LaTrobe University Melbourne. She is key in the support team with the use of MaiaGrazing.

Rob Young

After graduating in 1996 from the University of Queensland with a Degree in Agricultural Science I pursued a career in the cattle industry gaining experience working in a variety of businesses including extensive commercial and stud grazing operations, feedlots, stock feed manufacturing and research organisations. Progression in these roles to management positions led me to complete a second degree in Business Management from Marcus Oldham College graduating in 2012. 

MaiaGrazing

Grazing Naturally supports the use of the MaiaGrazing software to integrate livestock and grass inventories. MaiaGrazing is used in the training and as the main vehicle for grazing management decision support. Graziers need to be able to assess the effects of feed availability on carrying capacity so that stocking rates can be matched to available feed and economic returns maintained from good stock performance.

MaiaGrazing is currently unsurpassed as a tool for organising livestock numbers, mobs, feed demand and forage assessments to match stocking rate to carrying capacity. In addition, grazing planning, monitoring and control is made simple and user friendly. The grazing chart, trend lines and rainfall analysis are utilised in forecast scenarios with MaiaGrazing, making this the ultimate tool for risk assessment and decision making.

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