Name: Ainsley Walker
Location: Bell, QLD
Course(s) Studied: Diploma of Agribusiness Management
A desire to understand the business side of the family farm motivated 22-year-old Ainsley Walker to look for ways to learn new skills. Originally from Blackall Qld, the Walker family moved their Santa Gertrudis operation to “Clearview” a 3000-acre farming and grazing block near Bell about 11 years ago. Truly a family operation, Ainsley works alongside her parents Allan and Kelley, brother Hamilton and sister Meredith.
Ainsley chose to enrol in a flexible online Diploma of Agribusiness Management with RuralBiz Training and she was successful in applying for a Rural and Remote Student Scholarship.
“My goals are to improve my knowledge and skills regarding agriculture, focusing on both good quality beef and seedstock production. This course will give me the fundamentals of running a successful enterprise.”
RuralBiz Training offers quality training that’s been designed for farmers by farmers, and all their student processes are designed with working farmers in mind. Training Manager Angela Stewart (an agronomist from a mixed farming enterprise near Warialda, Northern NSW) comments “RuralBiz Training has been built around training that works for farmers, we understand the juggle of farming, family and study. We understand our students have peak production periods that demand attention.”
Two things RuralBiz Training excels at is offering students the flexibility to study online from rural and remote areas and ensuring the course content is practical and relevant to their students. “During my study, I get to learn even more about our current operations at home. That’s what drew me to this course. “Ainsley said.
“Our online students must have access to a farm to base their assessments on,” says Angela, “if they are running a soil analysis they are doing it for a property they are familiar with, improving their knowledge and developing technical skills.”
Since starting her course Ainsely has been successful in securing work on Hobartville Station at Alpha.