16 Mar 2015
Well the season has been very hard to predict. We had an extremely dry spring and got some relief in the first week of December with just on 100 ml in two days. Until then we were feeding a Molasses supplement to all our breeders and some cottonseed to our first calf heifers. Very hot and humid weather then until we scored another 120 ml over two weeks at the end of January. Finally we got some water in our dam after a good heavy fall of 51ml towards the end of that wet 2 weeks. Cyclone Marcia then brought us 120 ml in 20 hours in late February, so the feed bank is quite good at the moment, though very hot and humid days have again taken a lot of the juice out of that feed.
During this period of course, our calf drop have all arrived, and we are very pleased with them. Hopefully a few good bulls for the National sale in 2016 and 2017. We did sell a deck of cows and calves in February to a fellow Braford breeder in the sunshine coast hinterland and have since called in to see them. They are well settled and are getting pampered by their new owner. They have to get used to all the rain that falls in that area, after coming from up here!
In Other News
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.