Many of 13-year-old Darcie Stammers’ peers spend their time inside, playing video games, watching movies or glued to their mobile phones.
But sixth generation farmer Darcie’s days are filled with tractors, cows and sheep work on the 400ha Byrneside farm owned by her parents Ange and Danny.
It’s been a much loved pastime of the young girl for a number of years. Mr Stammers can recall her helping out with the animals and harvest from as young as eight or nine and being out with him on the farm from three years old.
‘‘I guess I just like making memories,’’ she said.
‘‘Just being outside and enjoying it and working with the animals.’’
Whether it’s hand-rearing beef calves, irrigating, jumping on a tractor or baling hay, Darcie is often at the centre of the action.
Currently in Year 8 at Notre Dame College in Shepparton, she said it could be an interesting experience when her friends came to visit and she hopped behind the wheel of the ute.
‘‘They enjoy it. We’ll go take the ute out to the hay and have some fun,’’ she said.
Having grown up on a farm all her life, Darcie said she could see it in her future but had not made any final decisions about what she would do when she was older.
‘‘I’m not sure yet. Probably just stay on the farm and do what I do now,’’ she said.
For her dad, she’s a welcomed extra set of hands on the farm.
‘‘She’s just amazing to be doing all this at that age,’’ he said.