Unique property open during Beef
WITH 20 kilometres of coastal frontage and Styx River and Herbert Creek as its boundary, Bald Hills is unlike your average Central Queensland property.
Owned and operated by the Vella family, Bald Hills is located in the Marlborough region and Ray Vella said that it was a unique property.
“You will not find softwood scrub and brigalow country with a high carrying capacity along with guaranteed rainfall anywhere else,” he said.
Bald Hills will be one of the featured properties on the Beef Australia 2018 Westpac Property Tours program.
On this full-day tour, Ray and his wife Leah will show visitors some of the beef genetics and pasture management practices Ray learnt during his Australian Nuffield Scholarship sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia in 2012.
“The key areas of our business will be our rotational grazing of pastures incorporating our feedlot system, which enables our property to remain drought-free all year round,” he said.
“Another area we will be showcasing is our artificial insemination program.
“It is the most economical and effective method to ensure we are getting optimal genetic traits in our commercial and stud herds.”
Ray is a third-generation cane and cattle farmer, who left school at 15 to work on one of his family’s properties.
In 2000, the Vella family purchased Bald Hills, which at the time needed a lot of work done.
“Bald Hills was purchased as a bare paddock with two sets of yards, eight paddocks, no dwellings and we arrived with 1000 head of cattle,” Mr Vella said.
Now, Bald Hills is 7200 hectares with 46 paddocks and additional watering points. There are also two new cattle yards and four major laneway points, with approximately 3000 head of EU and MSA accredited brahman cross composite.
In the future, Ray and Leah hope to increase Bald Hills’ carrying capacity to 4000 head while maintaining and improving their soil through innovative techniques.
PROPERTY TOURS: The Vella family will open their property to visitors during Beef Australia 2018.