At High Country, we run a herd of 230 registered breeders over three properties in the Brisbane Valley. Two of these properties are specifically for breeders, the third are dryland pastures on our hay farm. They run on pastures of mainly black spear grass and Rhodes grass.
Our country is undulating forest country with predominately summer rainfall, with the only winter feed available being dry frosted standing feed from May to November. It is therefore important that we manage our pastures to ensure winter is covered.
All of our cattle are in the tick zone, with both cattle ticks and paralysis ticks. Our breeders show great tick resistance and usually only require treatment once per year, usually in April. Buffalo fly are also prevalent from October to April and cows are culled that show any evidence of fly marks. Lantana is present and although we control it, all of our breeders and growing bulls have access to areas of Lantana and learn not to touch it.
We have selected for a herd of easy doing breeders who apart from some high phosphorus lick at joining have required no supplementation, however in 2014 and again this year, conditions have become so dry, that they have also been supplemented with either dry lick or molasses based lick depending on the amount of pasture available.
We vaccinate our cattle depending on their requirements. All cattle get 3 germ tick fever vaccine, breeders get 7 in 1 and Pestivirus annually and stud sires get vibrio. All cattle if on silage are vaccinated for botulism. Our sale cattle are vaccinated against 3 germ, botulism, 7 in 1, 3 day, heifers get Pestivirus and bulls also get Vibrio.
Joining starts in October for heifers and November for cows with all bulls out by Mid March. Cattle are preg tested in April and all weaning is done by June every year.