Eukey farmer is living the dream...
WARREN Harvey thinks Eukey is as good a place as any and better than most.
If anyone would know, it is Mr Harvey, he's lived in the town for his whole life and his family history in Eukey stretches back much further than one generation.
Mr Harvey said his great-grandmother selected a Eukey property in the late 19th Century and, with five generations working the land, he has a strong connection to the area.
"Different branches of the family have been in Eukey for more than 100 years," he said.
"My great-grandmother was one of the area's first settlers and Mum and Dad bought this block in 1950.
"Eukey is home and I don't think I could imagine living anywhere else."
These days Mr Warren works the property he grew up on alongside his wife, Lexie, with the couple's sons, Justin and Brendan, also involved in the family operation.
Mr Warren said though in recent years they had changed their focus from growing fruit and vegetables to running stock.
"We were orchardists until a couple of years ago when we pushed the trees over and run cattle now," he said.
"Dad and I had a few cattle besides the orchard but it was always a dream of mine to run cattle and, in 2006, the fruit trees were pushed out.
"We don't have a big herd, we have about 100 Angus breeders between the whole family but we have good quality."
Mr Warren said one of his cattle-producing highlights was during a 2011 led steer competition in Brisbane when one of his Angus steers won second in its class.
"We have won a few ribbons over the years at different shows right back to 1976," he said.
"Last year we got second in our class for the on the hook section of the led steer competition.
"It was one highlight so far."
Mr Harvey said his sons would be the fifth generation of his family to farm the Eukey area and, while they were not full time on the land they, along with wife Lexie, were a big part of everything he was able to achieve.
"They have their trades and they aren't full-time farmers but we've tried to keep them interested in farming," he said.
"The three of them keep my dream alive and it wouldn't be possible to do what I have without the family. We won't leave primary production until we have to and, even though you don't make a fortune, it is pretty rewarding."