We're a commercial breeding farm based on regenerative agriculture practices that utilises low stress cattle handling principles.
We breed for beef production, utilising low stress cattle handling principles and appropriate pain management techniques, mean better weight gain performance for the animals and improved beef.
We are committed to continually improving our management practices and we are always researching and reviewing new techniques and ideas.
In addition, we use a ‘lessons learned’ approach to each intervention with an animal to discuss:
What went well;
What didn’t go the way we would have liked and;
How could we improve the next time we undertake that particular intervention.
Our handling practices and continual review process ensures
we are always acting in the best interest of the animal.
We have chosen to breed droughtmaster cattle as they are a Queensland developed breed that are ideal for our climate and can perform well in harsh circumstances.
They have a lovely temperament and are very protective of their calves.
Principally regenerative agriculture aims to improve microbial activity in the soil and build up carbon. By building carbon levels in the soil this improves water retention in the soil.
We have applied for carbon credits for our soil and had baseline carbon testing done to monitor improvement. To achieve this we are utilising two well known regenerative agriculture techniques.
The first technique we use is impact grazing, which effectively aims to imitate the grazing techniques of wild animals in the grasslands of Africa. The herd is concentrated in a small area for a short time and then moved on and the paddock is rested for approximately 6 weeks. This has been utilised by regenerative farmers with huge success for about 25 years now so is not a new technique.
The second approach we use is planting cover crops through the existing pastures with no till techniques. The cover crops consist of legumes and deep rooted plants such as radish.
Both in turn provide nitrogen fixing and water penetration deeper into the soil.