‘Hi there! My name is Lauren Bell and I am married to a 3rd generation beef cattle farmer. We currently live on one of our four properties in the North Burnett region of Queensland, with our 3 kids, Lachlan (7), Michala (5) and Darcie (3). The business is run by my husband, Luke, and his 3 brothers but we are the only family who live and work on the farm. I am originally a city girl, spending the first 24 years of my life living in Brisbane. Luke and I married in December 2002 and I moved out to the farm. It was a bit of a culture shock at first, but I grew to love the lifestyle and now I wouldn’t live and bring up my children anywhere else.
The year we were married was right in the middle of one of the worst droughts in history. My early memories of farm living were of Luke pulling hungry, thirsty cattle out of boggy dams with the tractor. Many of them didn’t survive. This was a real eye opener for me on the harsh reality of life on the farm. We spent many long days putting in new pipelines to get water to thirsty cows and putting out dry lick to try and keep them alive. It wasn’t exactly the introduction to rural life that I was expecting! Lucky for us though, the last few years have been kind to us weatherwise. We have had some of the best calving seasons we’ve ever had. Our stock number are at the highest they have been for a long time.
I am really excited to be a part of the ‘Year Of The Farmer’ Cybercrop at Red Earth Scrapping. It’s great to be able to share with you a little about what we do and how we live. Thanks Helen for having me!’