Farming a changing world


RURAL women might not be afraid to get their hands dirty and drive a tractor but it does not mean they do not enjoy the finer things in life as well.

Some of Warwick's most well-known rural woman gathered at Warwick's Gardens Galore last week to celebrate World Rural Women's Day with a decadent high tea.

Women are important and play a big role these days.


The aim of the day was to recognise the roles women play in enhancing agricultural and rural development.

Nancy Hancock, who has spent her whole life helping out on farms, said it was a great event.

"I have been a member of the Queensland Rural Women's Network almost since its inception," she said.

"I have owned a farming property in Killarney for a few years.

"My parents also owned a farm.

"My whole life has always involved working on a property."

Mrs Hancock agreed that women were vital to keep things running smoothly.

"Women are important and play a big role these days," she said.

"They help keep the property going."

Mrs Hancock would not go as far to say that women were more important than men on the farm.

"I think the roles complement each other," she said.

"Like teamwork."

The Killarney woman said women's roles in the industry have increased over the past three decades.

"Women have been educated over the last 30 years and are now able to keep up with all the new technologies," Mrs Hancock said.

When Mrs Hancock, who is now retired, worked on farms she had many roles including driving a tractor and drafting cattle in the yard.

"I enjoyed it," she said.

"I liked working with the cattle and seeing the young calves come along.

"Most woman on properties have to be involved, it is part of their lives."

During the high tea Mrs Hancock said herself and two others shared their knowledge and advice with the rest of the group.

"It was good to have the different age groups," she said.

"There was a younger woman who discussed the IT side of things, women who talked about the business side of things and myself as a retiree. It was a good mix."

Mrs Hancock did impart her favourite piece of advice onto the group.

"Be the agent of change, not the victim of change," she said.

Topics:  rural women women in agriculture women on the land

Feeding the Warwick rodeo crowds

CANTEEN CREW: Gerda Black, Leilani Tawera and Helen Butler are feeding all of the hungry rodeo punters.

If you get hungry at the Warwick Rodeo, here are the people to see.

Lovers tiff turns into tow job

The couple was arguing before the woman rammed her boyfriend's car.

Michael Boyce misses first rodeo in 69 years

FIRST MISS: Seasoned campaigner Michael Boyce, of Allandale, Nobby, during one of his 69 Warwick rodeos.

Michael Boyce misses his first Warwick Rodeo in 69 years

Local Partners

Australia Day Award nominations now open

ALL those who know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the Warwick community is encouraged to nominate them for an Australia Day Award.

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Events you need to be at this week...

Some Australian sevens rugby squad members will be in Warwick this weekend.

It won't be all rodeo in Warwick this weekend

He's here for the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting

David Thorn from Cootamundra on Oh How Foxy.

David Thorn is here to make the most of the Warwick Rodeo.

Race facts and stats a winning combination

Impress colleagues with Melbourne Cup trivia

Birdy's voice soars during concert

English singer Birdy proves her skill during a recent concert.

The singer, 20, has acquired mythical status in the music world

Miley Cyrus finally confirms engagement to Liam Hemsworth

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus.

Eccentric singer confirms long-held rumour

Former Oasis frontman threw popcorn at his brother

The Gallagher brothers have famously feuded for many years.

Oasis brothers still haven't made up

OUR SAY: Why musicians should be called 'tradies'

Should bands be paid every time they play? Journalist and musician Tom Gillespie thinks so.

We need to change the way we think about musicians.

The Kardashian sex tape has gone virtual reality

Vivid make Kim Kardashian West sex tape a virtual reality experience

Want to own one of Australia's best restaurants?

TOP GONG: Mooloolaba Spice Bar has been named in TripAdvisor's Top 10 Australian restaurants for 2016.

Here's your chance to pick up one of the Coast's favourite eateries

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!