How did you get into dairying?
I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t around the dairy. All the Watson kids worked on the dairy during the week, weekends and over the holidays. My brother Rob was interested in taking over the farm from Mum and Dad and he needed a hand. It seemed only natural for me to run the farm with him.
When you see the health of Biodynamic soil and pastures you know why. The idea of working with nature and stimulating natural biological processes just made sense. We’re surrounded by World Heritage Rainforest as well and we want our kids and grandkids to enjoy it as much as we currently do. So it made sense to choose a method of farming that wouldn’t harm it in any way.
What’s been your biggest challenge?
Biodynamics was developed by Rudolph Steiner in Europe, not Tropical North Queensland. It took us some time to adjust the processes for our part of the world. We’re always happy to share with other farmers who are interested in going down the Biodynamic path. No sense reinventing the wheel!
Do you have a favourite cow?
No way, they’d sense it if I liked one more than the other.
Have you got a funny story to share?
A few, probably not ones I can share on here though!
Tell us something about cows we probably don’t know!
There’s always a boss cow. She always gets the best bit of shade, and is first for everything.