Darryl began his career in the beef industry as a 1st-year Jackaroo in western Queensland. He completed a PhD based at Alexandria Station in the Northern Territory, through the University of Queensland. He was an academic at the University of New England for 12 years, as a member of the Animal Science team. He left academia for the private sector and became an executive in the shipping industry. In 2018, he joined The North Australian Pastoral Company where he is responsibile for the company’s breeding and nutrition programs.