a tradition of innovation
As leaders in the feedlot industry we embrace research and development and have helped introduce important change to the feedlot sector.
Both our success and our client's success, can be attributed to our constant evolution and exploration of new practises. Some of these innovations include:
We were one of the first feedlots in Australia to adopt steam flaking infrastructure.
batch box technology
Early adoption of batch box technology dramatically improved our feeding efficiency.
We are proud to have developed one of the industry’s earliest trainee manager programs.
Rotomix feeding systems
Importation from the USA of Kenworth trucks with Rotomix bins and Digistar technology is evidence of our commitment to quality
Animal health trials
Over the years we have engaged in various research trials with products such as those improving animal gut health and managing parasites.
Animal welfare benchmarking
A trial is being undertaken in conjunction with ALFA to help establish animal welfare benchmarks and systems to ensure high welfare standards.
Digitisation and Data Analytics Projects
Meat & Livestock Australia are working with us on a co-innovation project that will see the use of our data to drive operational excellence and enhanced decision making.
Milling and feeding
Animal Health and Welfare
We have a moral obligation to care for the cattle on our properties. For this reason, animal welfare is at the heart of all that we do. Well fed animals in a comfortable environment will be healthier and happier and will therefore prosper.
Full time animal welfare officer
We have a full time animal welfare officer that ensures the wellbeing of our cattle.
Animal health protocols
Animal health protocols created by expert cattle veterinarians.
Feed ration formulations
Feed ration formulations from Australia’s leading cattle nutritionist.
100% of pens have shade
We have invested heavily in shade structures so that all cattle can seek cover.
woodchipped pen floors
Woodchipped pen floors ensure animal comfort.
Hoof trimming is routinely done on longer fed animals for welfare purposes.
We analyse our own weather data regularly each day and otherwise receive notifications from Katestone Environmental.
SUSTAINING AND REGENERATING
Sustainability is one of our core values but our ambition is for our business and the Australian cattle industry to continuously improve, not just be sustained. We therefore engage in numerous practices that help reduce our environmental impact and we undertake land care practices that are improving the land we own and regenerating the lands we acquire.
Soil Carbon Project
We are in the process of conducting soil carbon baselining tests that will underpin our application to the Emissions Reduction Fund for registered carbon projects.
We reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the cattle production process by including dietary products that limit the enteric methane.
We have two solar arrays producing 35% of our electricity requirements and we have plans to increase our solar production capacity further.
We use regenerative agricultural practices on our pastures and cropping country to increase productivity, sequester carbon, improve soil microbiology and retain water
Manure from the cattle is a natural fertilizer that we use for pasture and crop production which means we rely less on synthetic fertilisers.
We have strict antimicrobial stewardship protocols that regulate the use of any antibiotics on our properties.
We use biproducts from other crops and production processes in our feed rations that would otherwise be wasted.