Chris is third generation ‘islander’. His Grandfather Norm came to Flinders in 1965 with the Commonwealth funded Solider Settlement Scheme, when he acquired a 1000-acre farming block and ran sheep and Hereford cattle. Chris’s father Malcolm was a successful abalone diver and ran a fine wool merino operation at Skyhaven, recently handing over the reins to Chris.
Chris, Rachel and their three boys have been growing their farming operation. It currently holds 900 Angus breeders on about 900 hectares. The ongoing challenges of farming on Flinders Island relate to freight and in some years, poor seasonal conditions. “You can’t ship cattle off island or bring in fodder quickly when you are running such large herds. It requires military organisation and speedy decision making to adapt to these challenges”. There used to be around 160 farms on the island. With amalgamations, it is down to about 40. Chris sources all of his bulls from Landfall Angus in Tasmania.