February 2012

Agistment.net.au was founded by David Birchmore & Warwick Peatling. Both David and Warwick have experienced first-hand the difficulties associated with finding and filling agistment, and felt that there had to be a more current way to allow graziers to get in touch.




David grew up on his parents' cattle property in the Winton district, and upon completing his schooling returned to assist his parents with the running of their properties. Since that time he has built his own cattle herd, though like many graziers, the potential growth of his herd has been constrained by the availability of agistment.

In 2006 David moved 'north' to run the families' breeding property outside of Richmond, before moving back to the Winton district in 2009 to take over the responsibility of the sale of cattle from the family properties.

David along with his wife Sarah and daughters Louise & Clare run their own herd of Droughtmaster cattle on agistment in the Charters Towers District.

Warwick Peatling grew up on cattle operations and has worked for over 13 years within the beef industry as a farmer, stud hand, pen rider, head stockman and livestock agent. on cattle stations that his parents managed in the Gulf Country Qld, the Top End (NT), Injune Qld and a feedlot in New South Wales. Warwick’s parents currently manage a large cattle station on the Barkly Tableland, NT for a prominent pastoral company.

Completing secondary education at Scots PGC College, Warwick went straight on to finish a Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus in 2002. Since then he’s worked at one of Australia’s best known Hereford Studs, follewed by two cattle feedlots. He was promoted to head stockman, running a mustering camp on a cattle breeding operation on the Barkly Tableland, NT. He continued to gain further experience in this role at a cattle backgrounding operation in Roma, Qld. Warwick became a livestock agent in October 2008 and gained 5 years’ experience in rural business at branch locations in the Central West of Queensland around Winton, Longreach and Barcaldine.

Warwick is currently living with his partner in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia working as an Account Manager in the mining industry. He is still passionate about livestock, with a desire to always be involved in the industry he grew up in. Having experienced the problems that producers and businesspeople face in terms of ‘street knowledge’ when it comes to agistment, Warwick has partnered with David Birchmore and created Agistment.net.au. This website is devoted to putting those needing grass in touch with people that have the resource, and vice versa. It keeps Warwick connected with the red-meat industry and the need to source good grazing conditions for livestock.