600mm / 24 inches
3 joining properties totalling 2800ha / 7000ac
20km’s east of Wellington in the Central West of NSW
A mix of shale, light basalt & granite country with some alluvial creek flats.
90% of our country is open, undulating grassland with a few steeper, heavily timbered ridges. 10% of our country is alluvial, creek flats.
Native pastures have adapted best to the subtle soil variations and provide the best source of year-round feed. These pastures are very easy to maintain and require very few (if any) artificial inputs.
The creek flats are used to grow grazing crops for young stock as well as a mix of introduced pastures.
All pastures are managed under a rotational grazing system, which sees a short graze period of 2 – 5 days followed by a rest period of 30 – 120 days. The stocking rate is matched to carrying capacity so as not to run more stock than the country can handle.
Our philosophy is “to make more from less”. Maintaining our ewes in good condition, through management and genetics, keeps our conception rates high (155% across the flock in 2016).
Having feed in front of lambing ewes allows the ewes to convert more foetuses into live lambs without the losses that could occur if we were more heavily stocked. More lambs not only drive the business, but also genetic gain, which is good for the industry.
This is a system that sees a winter active crop sown straight into a dormant native grass pasture. The crop grows while the pasture is dormant and is stripped as the pasture comes back into its growing season.
This system has been used to reinvigorate old farming country and also to grow fodder crops for young stock. By combining pasture cropping with rotational grazing, it is possible to return run down country to a healthy and productive state in just a few years.