Community spirit shines through the drought for Australian farmers

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Strength in Numbers

Strength in Numbers

While Australia’s drought has meant hard times for many, it’s also been an opportunity to strengthen bonds and build communities.

When AgriWebb was founded, one thing set us apart from other farm management software companies: we kept the needs of farmers first and foremost.

Somebody who has helped that happen is Andrew Carruthers, from AD Commodities in New England, NSW. As an early AgriWebb user, his feedback was invaluable in developing our farm management software.

Now, like many Australian farmers, he’s battling drought. “In the last two years, we’ve been lucky to get 30 percent of our average rainfall,” he explains. “The dam’s empty, the country’s a dustbowl, there’s nothing growing – even the leaves of the gum trees are falling off.”

Andrew-Carruthers

In the last two years, we’ve been lucky to get 30 per cent of our average rainfall. The dam’s empty, the country’s a dustbowl, there’s nothing growing – even the leaves of the gum trees are falling off.

Andrew Carruthers

Managing Director, AD Commodities

It’s an all too common scenario, but out of it comes a story of hope. Through AgriWebb, Andrew was able to connect with Tom Blackford. Tom manages Eddington, the family farm of AgriWebb Co-Founder and Chairman Justin Webb.

Unlike much of the country, Eddington has been blessed with plenty of rain, making it ideal for agistment. Late last year, three B-Doubles loaded with 220 cows and calves rolled out of Andrew’s Armidale property, bound for Western Victoria.

“My family comes from Western Queensland, and I grew up in the Riverina,” says Justin’s father, William Webb, “so it is a pleasure we are in a position to help out farmers who have been suffering in the drought.”

“I’m happy that AgriWebb has been the conduit to connect us. I’m sure we will need help at some point in the future – that’s just the life of farming.”

William Webb

My family comes from Western QLD and I grew up in the Riverina so it is with pleasure that we are in a position to help out farmers who have been suffering in the drought. Farming swings in roundabouts, so I’m happy that AgriWebb has been the conduit to connect us, I’m sure we will need help at some point in the future, that’s just the life of farming.

William Webb

Board Member, AgriWebb

For Andrew, it’s been a much-needed reprieve. “It’s such a massive weight off your shoulders. Here, every day you’re putting out feed, making sure the water is safe, making sure the cattle are alright – it’s a constant pressure that drought puts on you.”

“Thank God for those fellas. The cattle that went down there, they left here at 1.5 condition score – six weeks later, and they were up to 3.5.”

It’s a point of pride for AgriWebb that we’re more than just a software company. AgriWebb is also about people sharing ideas and inspiration.

We’re fortunate to work with farmers to produce a product that meets their needs, but that’s only just the start. “You’re also creating a community.” Andrew points out, “and that gives you unlimited potential.”

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