Stepping from the paddock to the kitchen table
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Stepping from the paddock to the kitchen table - David Matsen

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David Matsen

If you live in North Queensland around the Ingham area our local Rabobank rural manager, David Matsen will be a familiar face.

David moved his family to the region around six years ago when he decided to pursue a career as an agricultural lending specialist.

It was a natural shift for David, he grew up on his family’s cane and beef farm in Sarina outside Mackay and for a number of years was an integral part of the family farming operation.

“I loved farming, but I am really loving the move to Rabobank and I enjoy working with local producers. It is a great fit as I bring to the table both my agriculture farming experience and my financial knowledge,” he said.

“It’s also rewarding working with these innovative farmers and to watch as they continually challenge themselves, improving key practices and soil nutrition with controlled traffic through GPS guidance, variable rate fertiliser applications and the use of rotation crops.“

“Having been part of this ongoing process on our own farm means I know how hard they work to ensure they are leaving a legacy for the next generation.”

And while it’s easy to spot his passion working in agriculture was not always on his radar, growing up his goal was to be a professional sportsman, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jonathan Thurston.

“I was a handy rugby league player in my teenage years and aspired to play in the NRL.”

But when he wasn’t on the field throwing a football around, David was outdoors riding horses and mustering cattle.

“I think it was the freedom I relished most as a country kid, being outdoors.”

He also remembers fondly some of the great local events, in particular he loved attending an annual picnic race meeting with his extended family which was held on a cattle property called ‘Wilpeena’ near Middlemount in Central Queensland.

“We would travel out and camp for a few days. It was a great community event, the horses were prepared by the graziers on the nearby cattle properties. My uncle owned a property called ‘Lucky Creek’ and he prepared horses for it each year. I remember one year he had a horse called Darjon who won two races on the one day including the feature.”

This week David will be celebrating National Ag Day with some morning tea in the Ingham office with the rest of the local team.

“I really feel lucky to work with such great people, not only here in the NQ/NT region, but across Rabobank, it is also a privilege to work with such innovative farmers. “

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