What is Scott’s second love in life? What gives Scott a high? What would Scott ask a cow if he had the chance? We posed a series of questions to our family farmers and have turned their responses into a short video series titled ‘The people behind OBE Organic’. You’ll learn a little about their love of farming (ranching) and you’ll also hear what they like to do in their spare time.
Scott is a founding Director and shareholder of the OBE Organic group and heads the group’s organic lamb program. Scott is qualified in Animal Production and Marketing.
Scott’s family has owned their land for over four generations and together with his wife Paula, Scott owns and manages an organic cattle and fat lamb operation. His family property, “Nooyeah Downs” is located 1,100km inland from the east coast of Australia. The property is situated on the Bulloo River catchment and floodplain system in the pristine Channel Country grasslands region. Scott’s 3000 fat lambs and 2000 cattle roam freely over 220,000 acres (890 sq. km) of certified organic land.
Scott’s farm is in a low rainfall area of Australia, receiving just 250 millimeters per annum. This provides perfect climatic conditions for organic livestock production as the low rainfall does not allow disease and pests to thrive. The floodwaters which travel slowly down through the inland river systems of the Channel Country provide nourishment for the organic pastures. The floodwaters across the property can be up to 20 kilometers wide and 30 kilometers long.
In recent years Scott has actively participated in local government and various other council bodies and environmental advisory committees. He held the position of Mayor of the Bulloo Shire Council for ten years. He has recently held a senior position on the board of The Southport School, respected as one of the best private boarding schools in Australia.
The operation of his organic enterprise is enhanced through Scott’s ownership and piloting of a Cessna 182RG aircraft. Scott is credited with over 26 years experience as a bush pilot and more than 3,500 hours flying time navigating the Australian outback. Scott also enjoys water skiing and snow skiing.