Daniel and Leanne Cordner
Mixed species cover crops in extended fallow.
Size of property: 56ha
Years farming: Two
Daniel and Leanne Cordner had been dreaming about farming life whilst they lived in Melbourne. When Leanne became ill, moving to the tropical north of Queensland was a suggestion from a specialist, who’d witnessed dramatic health benefits to others suffering the same condition. A holiday in Townsville quickly proved beneficial and they made the decision to uproot their city life in pursuit of a better future. Cane farming wasn’t part of their plan, however it has proven to be exactly what they needed to achieve their goals.
140 acres is considered a small sugarcane property and with global prices fluctuating, their decision to pursue the dream of chicken farming has ensured a sustainable income during the past few years.
It hasn’t been without challenges, drought, flood and humidity have all shaped the development of their business. Daniel and Leanne Cordner