The property of approximately 3000 acres is in the foothills of the NE mountains of Tasmania, East of Mt Barrow and North of Ben Lomond, elevation is from 1800ft to 2300 ft, and rainfall approximately 55-60 inches per year. Soils are grey loam (of granite origin) and red basalt (kraznozem). We have running water in most parts of the property (most runs you can catch a trout if you have time!). Winters are long and hard – summers cool and mild with grass growing in most years from October to May.
Our cattle herd consists of approximately 200 breeders, with steers and surplus heifers fattened and sold between 18 months – 27 months, just a few tail end steers carried over and sold the following summer. Our purebred herd is run exactly the same as our commercial cattle (sometimes run even harder!) . Our main object with the purebreds is to breed our own bulls, and secondly to sell a few good surplus bulls. The whole emphasis is on cattle that will be good commercial money earners.
We first used Scottish semen but, with the Australian supplies all used up and the BSE ban on further UK imports, we had to source semen from elsewhere. We eventually found a source in Canada and the bulls we now have to offer are the offspring of Canadian semen – now with the second bull, Rothney Grand 53G and we are now looking for another.