August 2014

AgQuip at Gunnedah

24 Aug 2014

In my position as Patron of the Braford breed, I drove down and attended AgQuip at Gunnedah on Wednesday last week. It is reputed to be the largest Field Day in the southern hemisphere, and covers about 65 acres. You would need the full three days to see all the displays and exhibits but I spent most of my time at the NSW Braford site. They had a number of bulls on display, and their team of helpers fed thousands of hungry attendees on the day I was there. Their efforts were fantastic, and I really appreciated their hospitality and friendship.

AgQuip at Gunnedah gunnedah2 gunnedah3

Finally some rain!

17 Aug 2014

We’re very excited about 32 millimetres of rain fell on Riverton yesterday and overnight. Let’s hope it’s only the beginning!

Some very dry months

04 Aug 2014

July/August sees Riverton as dry as it has been since we moved here seven years ago. As these photos show, the country is very dry and our dam is almost dry for the first time since taking over the place. All the cattle are getting a molasses supplement and soon the first calf heifers will start on cotton-seed as well. Our cattle are still quite good but we expect that to change when calving starts shortly. Bring on some early storms!!

Dry dams at Riverton Dry time at Riverton

In Other News

Suite Annie

Larry’s pride and joy, his race mare, Suite Annie was recently sold to one of the leading thoroughbred racing studs in New South Wales. She won four races for the Actons in Rockhampton, Gladstone and Emerald, but her breeding meant that she was more valuable as a brood mare. She was a half sister to one of Queensland’s best sprinting horses of the last three years, called Buffering.

The 2014 National Feature Show for the Braford breed was held at Theodore. Larry took down seven head of heifers for the prime cattle section, and won the Pen of Three Milk Tooth Heifers Class and came second in the Single Milk Tooth Heifer Class out of 14 mixed breed nominations.