Self-employed at 21 thanks to grains training

Author: | Date: 05 Jun 2017

He might be just 21, but Brad Murphy is already operating his own business in the grains industry and he attributes his achievements to having the right training.

The self-employed young man from Quandialla in southern New South Wales left school to work on his parents’ 1700 hectare farming property, Drumwood, before venturing into business for himself contract windrowing and speed tilling.

He said while his parents may have given him the confidence to have a crack at self-employment, access to the right training made the move possible. Watch a video of an interview with Brad here.

“Training is important, because it allows you to develop your skills, which makes you more employable and really gives you more options,” he explained.

Image of Brad MurphyBrad has been involved full-time in the grains industry for six years, when he left school to work on Drumwood, where his parents grow wheat, barley and canola.

“I have really been involved since I was a young kid and I think things like my dad teaching me to drive machinery and encouraging me to give things a go, really gave me the confidence to start my own business,” he said.

Despite his age he is keenly aware how quickly technology is changing the farming landscape.

“Ten years ago everything was mechanically driven and now everything is mostly electronically or hydraulically driven, so it’s important that you keep on top of the electronic skills and to do that you really need to be prepared to keep training,” Brad said.

He was speaking out about the importance of training, across all generations of the grains industry to encourage his peers involved in farming to have their say about what sort of training is needed in his region.

“Training is for everyone, not just people my age, but I do think it is important young people involved in the industry, like me, have a say in what training and skills are really needed.”

Bard is encouraging young growers, farm hands and grains industry operators to participate in a future training needs initiative led by the New South Wales Government, in conjunction with Grains Research and Development Corporation and Cotton Australia, aimed at assessing and providing vocational training for the cotton and grains industries.

The AgSkilled initiative, announced in December by the Deputy Premier of NSW and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, has been allocated $14.7 million over three-years to increase staff skill levels and attract industry newcomers with the aim of improving the productivity and profitability of both industries.

The GRDC and Cotton Australia are now in the process of conducting an industry-wide training needs survey that will help us understand the immediate and future training needs of growers, on-farm staff and the broader industry.

The AgSkilled survey is a reliant on grassroots input to ensure the right training is delivered to meet on-farm needs. To complete the short survey follow this link to the survey.

To watch a video interview with Brad follow this link to Brads interview on YouTube.

Caption: Quandialla’s Brad Murphy has started his own windrowing and speed tillering business and says training was critical to making the move into self-employment.

Contact Details

For Interviews

Claudia Vicary, AgSkilled Project Officer
0409 043 774


Toni Somes, Cox Inall Communications
0427 878387