Love is in the fresh air for perfect team

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Gingin farmers Megan and Leigh McCallum celebrate Valentine’s Day on the property.
Camera IconGingin farmers Megan and Leigh McCallum celebrate Valentine’s Day on the property. Credit: Daniel Wilkins

A packed lunch on the tractor might be as romantic as it gets for Megan McCallum on Valentine’s Day.

As the owners of 650 Angus breeding cows in Gingin, time is scarce but Ms McCallum and her husband Leigh say it is the little things that make farming together so rewarding.

Together, they run the cattle across 320 acres south-east of Gingin and have farmed at Ms McCallum’s family property for the past seven of their 15-year relationship.

This Valentine’s Day they will be spreading lime and sorting out jobs for their cattle carting business.

“It’s another day for us, but I will take him some lunch and he might let me have a go in the tractor,” Ms McCallum laughed.

“We work really well as a team.”

The couple met in Pingelly, when Ms McCallum was working as a vet in Brookton and Mr McCallum was working at Landmark.

During the past 15 years, they have moved to the Gingin farm, married, and had three children — Caleb, 7, Annabelle, 5, and Lucas, 4.

The couple farm with Ms McCallum’s parents Steve and Irene Neville, selling grassfed beef to a butcher in Perth, and yearling beef to local abattoirs and butchers.

They also operate a cattle carting business and grow oats.

Farming is a big task, but one they enjoy taking on together.

“Having that side business has been one of the best things for us,” Ms McCallum said.

She said a big part of working together day-in, day-out was having patience and understanding that “everyone does things differently”.

In other Valentine’s Day and farming news, a new, Tinder-style app for cows was pegged to be launched today.

Coined Tudder, the app lets farmers find breeding matches by viewing pictures of cattle with their age, location and owner.

Farmers that swipe right on an image of a cow or cows are directed to a livestock-buying website.

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