A welcome change

07 Mar 2016

Unfortunately, the dry weather and extreme heat and humidity didn’t break here at Riverton until late January, so feed and water was a priority. When the change came, it was wonderful though, because we had almost 150ml over two weeks, so the pasture responded magnificently. At the time of writing we have just had another 40ml, so we actually have better feed and more of it than last year after cyclone Marcia. The cattle look great and this crop of calves, that were struggling six weeks ago, now look terrific. We have had no runoff whatsoever, so still relying on our two bores, and the pump at the river, which supplies the garden and some of the front cattle.

Our team of bulls for the 2016 National Sale have not had the best start to their preparation, because it was so dry for so long, but they are on some lovely fresh green buffel grass now, so should start to progress. We look like having eight or nine this year, and there are three two-year-old bulls and three three-year-old bulls available for sale in the paddock. As always, inspections are very welcome, and we would love to show visitors the breeders and latest crop of calves at the same time.

A challenging year

15 Dec 2015

The last twelve months have created some challenges for us because seasonally 2015 has undoubtedly been the hardest since we moved to Riverton over eight years ago. All our steers and cull heifer weaners are sold straight off the cows, so we don’t have to look after them, but all the breeding females and good weaner heifers have been fed a molasses based supplement since the end of July, as any rain around seemed to miss our place. Our new season calving which fell between August and the end of December was straight forward, but not a lot of milk for them so far.

We also had to deal with some health issues for both of us, but thankfully they were able to be put right, and coming up to Christmas we are again in good health. We are looking forward to a family get together at Bargara, near Bundaberg, a week before Christmas to suit Richard and Julie, who both have to work during the festive season.

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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.