Accuracy and speed of record keeping were the key reasons for Traprock grazier Bim Goodrich to start using electronic identification (EID) tags in his sheep flock, and he is happy with the results. The producer from south east Queensland said EID tags have allowed him to improve control of his stud flock information and as … Read more
When it comes to starting out in the rural sector Nick Hill knows most young people’s first thought is a station job in the Top End. But the 29-year-old property manager from Thallon in south west Queensland is urging those keen to gain agricultural experience to consider work on one of the sheep and wool … Read more
Flock talk articles on: Barcaldine tradie swaps wood for wool Right starter business can help you buy your own rural property Click here to view these articles. Published in the Queensland Country Life on 7 December 2017.
Flock talk articles on: Time is right for wool industry. Wool: get the basics right and reap the rewards. Click here to view these articles. Published in the Queensland Country Life 17 August 2017.
Being prepared to start in businesses with a quick monetary turn-over, like shearing, sheep trading and selling wool, helped western Queensland producer David Owens realise the dream of buying his own property. Mr Owens operates ‘Somerset’, a 10,000 hectare grazing property, 70 kilometres south of Longreach, which runs up to eight thousand Merino ewes. For … Read more
Barcaldine’s Andrew Ross is candid when asked why he became a shearer? It was about money, and he jokingly adds, proving to his mum he could endure the heat and hard work. The young tradie from western Queensland was a qualified cabinet maker, before he opted to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a … Read more
Fine wool grower Duncan Banks has an unwavering appreciation for water, so it made sense to him to invest in innovative technology that allows him to monitor stock water from his house. Four years ago, the Dirranbandi producer installed a commercial-type water meter on the main polypipe from a neighbouring artesian bore to 25 tanks … Read more
Flock talk articles on: Age no barrier to sheep producers saving time with online learning. Embracing innovation to make sheep handling easier on-property. Click here to view these articles. Published in the Queensland Country Life 13 April 2017.
Dohne prime lamb producer Ranald Warby is quick to acknowledge the benefits of his Arrow V-Express machine after just five months of use, particularly the fact that it allows him to perform a number of tasks on his sheep in just one pass. Gone, too, are the days of fighting rams in a race when drenching … Read more
Queensland producers opting to grain feed lambs should ‘lock in grain supplies and set up forward contracts’ to minimise risk and increase returns, according to a sheep and wool adviser, Geoff Duddy. He said high store lamb prices had made feedlotting ‘reasonably risky’ but there were margins for producers who did their planning and preparation. … Read more