ANDREA Luck and her husband Kieren are proud fifth generation farmers, responsible for the operation of two properties, "Erinvale" and "Bannock Brae" on the outskirts of Meringandan on Queensland's Darling Downs.
In addition to owning and farming these two properties they also own and operate a butcher shop, Bannock Brae Meats, from their property, priding themselves on a 'paddock to the plate' concept.
The butcher shop concept evolved after years of drought in the late 1990s/early 2000s prompted them to think outside the square and diversify their operation.
Both have a passion for the land and in 2005 they combined their cattle experience with Kieren’s butchering expertise to create Bannock Brae Meats, running a top line of Limousin-cross cattle and processing them, packaging the meat and delivering to families just like theirs.
Andrea, with a background in education, manages the administration side of the business, including finances, advertising, ordering, and logistics, as well as helping to pack orders and sometimes delivering them too.
Orders are tailored to the customer’s requirements, and a weekly local delivery run and a monthly Brisbane delivery run is organised.
Andrea is also a proud hands-on mother to her two sons, Adam, 14, and Jordan, 12, and enjoys being involved in the community, whether it be managing a soccer team, cheering on her boys at rugby or helping out at the local show or other local events.
She is also passionate about getting children involved in and learning about where their food comes from and the importance of farmers.
She has arranged on-farm visits for children where they actively participate and engage in farm activities.