Molly Cornish will make you want to get out there and grab life by the horns, or wool for that matter.
I caught up with Molly at her dad’s farm, ‘Crenmore’, at Oatlands, Tasmania. In the freezing cold temps she graciously braved them for me to get a few shots and humbly told me about her life, loves and what she’s got in store for the future.
When most little girls hit their 12th birthday, planning for their future and laying down foundations for their career path goes as far as declaring that they want to be a vet one week and an actress the next. Something a little more concrete was happening for Molly Cornish. She was busy gaining experience on her family farm, ‘Cremorne’, Oatlands Tasmania and registering her first Kelpie stud, ‘Cottas Brook Kelpies’. (www.facebook.com/cottasbrookkelpies)
Begging her parents for her own dog at 8, she had bigger plans for her first puppy than just cuddles and walkies. This puppy had a lot of pressure on it’s shoulders, it was destined to be the start of Molly’s first business venture. Two years on, Molly had bred her first litter of working dogs and so began her stud. Officially registering ‘Cottas Brook Kelpies’ by the age of twelve she now sells most of her dogs to the mainland with sales as far north as Dubbo, New South Wales.
Her stud plays a major component in any future plans for Molly and her career choices have been based around her passion for kelpies.
‘I left school in year 10 and learnt how to be a shearer through my school years. I was hoping to be a shearer but I had working dogs and I didn’t want to get rid of them. So, I went onto a cattle and sheep farm originally and then I got a better opportunity to work on a bigger sheep farm that runs 30,000 sheep. I’m loving it, it gives the dogs heaps of work and the chance to improve yourself and your knowledge.’
Hands on learning and on the job training is where Molly seems to excel. Even her ‘down time’ (that term is used loosely here), has her learning future skills that will no doubt be handy in her career. Sheep judging comes naturally, so much so that she has won the state title twice and earnt her spot at Nationals. Dog trials, showing sheep and even take out second place in at Flinders Island shearing competition are just things that Molly does and kicks ass at too.
All of this, by the age of 18.
Still working as a Jillaroo at ‘Beauwood’ at Bridport in Tasmania’s north, Molly is still planning, growing and moving her career forward. Her five year plan? Head Stockman. 10 year plan? Manager. Ultimate goal? Owning her own sheep property and advancing her kelpie stud.
‘‘I grew up with it (sheep) and working dogs and it’s just my passion, I reckon I will do it for the rest of my life. I’m working towards having my own farm, I want to have studs and keep this (Cremorne) White Suffolk stud going. I want to have fat lamb production as well as the wool. Just to have my own farm and work for myself, that would be my goal.’
‘I just love it, you can always be improving yourself and improving your sheep. It’s bred into us. I love the industry and I’m not going anywhere.’