Unique prop­erty open dur­ing Beef

Central Queensland News - - RURAL WEEKLY - For more in­for­ma­tion on the prop­erty tours pro­gram visit www.beefaus­tralia.com. au.

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PROP­ERTY TOURS: The Vella fam­ily will open their prop­erty to vis­i­tors dur­ing Beef Aus­tralia 2018.

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